Coles Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. Presentation to Potomac River Basin Commission Friday, October 8, 2010. Master Sewer Plan. Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors approved a Master Sewer Plan for Westmoreland circa 1996.
Presentation to Potomac River Basin Commission
Friday, October 8, 2010
Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors approved a Master Sewer Plan for Westmoreland circa 1996.
Over 70% of our soils are not conducive to conventional septic systems.
Westmoreland County BOS submitted six (6) projects to RUS for construction. The BOS was asked to prioritize due to limited funds.
Therefore, we elected to construct a spray irrigation system to serve the areas identified in the Master Sewer Plan. The County purchased 137 acres located in Coles Point.
Our spray irrigation fields total 50 acres with a 200-ft. buffer surrounding them.
The fields are planted with Reed Canary Grass that provides a deep root structure and significant nutrient uptake from the effluent. (Although we have had to use commercial fertilizer due to inadequate nutrient levels for the grass.)
We are required under our Nutrient Management Plan to add gypsum to the soils in the spring to decrease the sodium effect from the residents’ well-water, which has a hardening effect on the soils.
We generally generate 200 round bales of hay annually.
We have learned a great deal about improving this operation over the past six years.