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County receives grant for new sewer treatment plant

Replacing the aged sewer treatment plant at David Crockett High School will now be possible with a $525,000 Community Development Block Grant.
Washington County officials released the good news last week regarding funds received to address the more than 40-year-old plant that was built at the same time as the school and is long past its prime.
The CDBG grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will enable the county to build approximately 2 miles of sewer line from the HEXPOL Compounding Burton Rubber Processing plant on Old State Route 34 to Crockett.
In a partnership with the town, the sewage will be pumped back to the Jonesborough treatment plant.
Mayor Dan Eldridge said the county has hired an engineering firm to contract and build the new plant, which will be turned over upon completion to the Town of Jonesborough to own and operate.Our next best option was to go with a hybrid sewage disposal system, which would require a lot of land and not be eligible for a grant to help with the estimated $780,000 cost,” Eldridge said. “This is a huge savings, and we’re grateful to the state and the town.” The county will contribute up to $175,000 to the project.
Another advantage, according to Eldridge, is Jonesborough’s opportunity to extend sewer service for another 2 miles, which would allow for development and offer the long-term potential to grow the property tax base.
Eldridge said they hope to complete the design and permitting by spring 2017 and build during the summer, with the new sewer treatment plant operational and turned over to the town by fall 2017.