Department of Environmental Management conducted a surprise inspection last
week of the Chesterton wastewater treatment plant.
The upshot: all
aspects of the plant, including the lab, passed with flying colors.
So the Utility
Service Board learned at its meeting Tuesday night. “Everything was
satisfactory, absolutely no violations?” President Larry Brandt pressed
Superintendent Dave Ryan.
“On a surprise
inspection the plant and lab did an excellent job,” Brandt declared. “So
congratulations to the entire team. That’s a good start to the New Year.”
Re: Damon Run
In other business,
Ryan reported that “time continues to be spent with lawyers and engineers,”
in the matter of the Utility’s “territorial issue” with Valparaiso City
Utilities, which last year purchased the Damon Run Conservancy District’s
sanitary sewer infrastructure. As part of that acquisition, the Valparaiso
City Council declared by ordinance a sanitary sewer territory extending 10
miles outside the city’s corporate limits and claiming the exclusive right
to provide service to all areas in that territory not currently located
inside an incorporated municipality.
The problem: that
10-mile territory extends well inside the Chesterton Utility’s own territory
declared by ordinance in 2014.
Ryan told the
Service Board that the Utility formally filed a “rebuttal to Valpo’s case”
before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission on Feb. 11.
January in Review
Chesterton used 67.69 percent of its 3,668,000 gallon per day (gpd)
allotment of the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 58.95 percent of its
851,000 gpd allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 85.87
percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as a whole, 66.39 percent
of its capacity.
There were no
overflows of wastewater last month into the Little Calumet River, but it was
a wet January, with a total of 3.7 inches of rain recorded at the wastewater
plant. Brandt, for his part, expressed some surprise at Chesterton’s
68-percent usage of its allotment, inasmuch as the town typically uses only
about half of that allotment.
had a lot of infiltration,” Ryan said.
Also in January,
the Utility ran a surplus of $323,159.36.