New wastewater plant in Maxwell opens Monday
The Maxwell Public Utility District will break ground on the new wastewater treatment plant upgrade project on Monday.
District, county and state officials will gather at the site, which is located at the south end of town off Old Highway 99W.
The new $11.5 million treatment plant will address waste discharge requirements issued by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, officials said.
The project was funded in part by the property tax assessment, approved by the voters in 2009, assisted by grants and low interest loan funding provided by United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development and the State Water Resources Control Board's Small Community Grant Program.
"With the assistance provided by the community of Maxwell, the USDA and the (Control Board) have allowed Maxwell to access the funding necessary to comply with water quality regulations," District General Manager David Wadsworth said in a statement. "The team, including the planning, engineering and financing consultants, worked hard to deliver an appropriate solution for the District. A special thanks goes to the Maxwell PUD Board of Directors who lead the project for the benefit of the community."
The new plant is design to improve the treatment system and an irrigation reuse system which offsets the use of canal water, according to the plant's engineering firm Winzler & Kelly, a Santa Rosa company.
The system will serve the approximately 400 customers within the district, with additional capacity for the 20-year planned growth of the community, officials said.