GUILFORD, Maine — Guilford-Sangerville Sanitary District trustees hope to receive assistance through the stimulus funding package passed by Congress to make $600,000 worth of energy conservation improvements at the district plant.
“We don’t have the ability to conserve energy the way we’d like to,” Frank Ruksznis, sanitary district manager, said Monday. Improvements to the 21-year-old system would provide an avenue to do that, he said.
Ruksznis said the funds would be used to de-water three of the system’s aerated lagoons, to dispose of 21 years’ worth of sludge, to replace aerators and two blowers, and to repair any defects in the lagoons’ liners.
“Hopefully, what money we borrow we’ll be able to pay back with energy savings,” Ruksznis said. “We’re looking to save in the vicinity of $28,000 a year in power if the changes are made.”
The project would not increase user rates because the cost would be offset through power conservation, he said. The district could, however, have a rate increase in future years to cover cost-of-living increases, Ruksznis stated.
Ruksznis said the sludge left from de-watering three of the district’s four lagoons would be taken to a state-licensed landfill or other licensed disposal facility, he said. The funds also would be used to remove, replace and dispose of the aerators in the three lagoons.
“We won’t make final decisions until we know what we have for funding,” Ruksznis said. Once the funding avenue is known, the project would be placed out to bid.
If the district is not successful in obtaining funds through the stimulus package, the board of trustees will decide what the next step should be, according to Ruksznis.
He said the work would help position the district for the future.