New Master Meter Will Determine Wastewater Usage By Local Cities & Townships
Local wastewater treatment plant officials want to make sure that each community it serves—the City of Saugatuck, the City of the Village of Douglas,
Saugatuck Township and Laketown Township— sticks to their respective allocated capacity regarding wastewater treatment and precisely evaluate how much capacity each community is using.
To that end, it is seeking approval from its constituent members for master meters that will measure the wastewater flow, a requirement of the active Sewer Agreement of 2012.
Saugatuck City Council, at Monday’s meeting, approved their city’s contributing portion of $7,000—taken from the city’s water and sewer fund—for an engineering proposal totaling $21,000.
Kalamazoo Lake Sewer & Water Authority (KLSWA) and contributing community members picked Fleis & Vandenbrink to perform the necessary engineering and to oversee the installation.
While KLSWA officials say they do not know how much, price-wise, each communities’ wastewater treatment capacity is at this time, it does know that it has an overall capacity of one million gallons per day, up from its original capacity of 800,000 gallons per day, according to Saugatuck City Council Member and longtime KLSWA Board Member Mark Bekken.
Douglas city officials approved the same metering project last week for the same monetary amount as Saugatuck.
The two townships are expected to follow suit, with Saugatuck Township’s contribution at $5,000 and Laketown’s at $2,000.
“This master metering will assist the communities to determine if they have excess capacity for future development,” indicates a Saugatuck City staff memo. “Right now there is no concrete way to formalize what that capacity is,” indicated Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier on Monday.
Years back Saugatuck sold off some of its capacity to first, Saugatuck Township, then to Laketown Township.
The KLSWA Commission consists of two representatives from each city and one representative from the township. Created in 1977, the wastewater collection and treatment facility is non-taxing authority that serves and operates from the water and sewer billing revenues.
The drinking water systems of Douglas and Saugatuck was combined in 1982 with the construction of two watermain river crossings and a water storage reservoir.
In 1999, the township combined with that.