Sewage pond cleaning to be completed this week

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

Photo by Linda Gallagher

A large tanker truck pumps bio-solid waste material from one of the wastewater treatment ponds at the Bellaire DPW yard at the foot of Court Street, which will be injected into the ground of an agricultural field on Eckhardt Road in a cleaning process the wastewater treatment ponds need every few years to continue smooth operations. 

BELLAIRE – For the past several weeks, Bellaire residents have watched with interest as large tanker trucks have departed the village's DPW yard at the end of Court Street, and headed out of town.

Similarly, residents on Eckhardt Road in Forest Home Township have watched with curiosity as the same trucks, one after the other, has pumped its contents into the ground of agricultural fields along the roadway.

What's happening, according to Chris Thompson, Bellaire's Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, is that the village is removing years of built-up, treated, "bio-solids" from the sewer plant's three lagoons and injecting those same solids into agricultural fields as fertilizer, a process he says is not only closely monitored and very safe, but widely used by municipalities throughout the world.

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