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Georgetown sewage treatment plant upgrades wrapping up

December 18, 2018

REDDING — The upgrades at the Georgetown sewage treatment plant should be complete within a few weeks.

The plant shut down for several days around Thanksgiving so that the hardware and software could be installed, switching the controls from analog to digital, which officials from the Water Pollution Control Commission said was necessary because the analog technology is no longer made.

“It went really well,” WPCC member Jim Miller. who has led the upgrade effort, said Monday.

Residents approved the $796,000 to upgrade the Georgetown plant at a town meeting in February after a presentation the commission made to selectmen in November 2017.

This amount covers the upgrade as well as the costs associated with an unplanned plant shutdown in June 2017.

The plant is owned by Redding and capital expenditures are covered by the town.

Miller told the selectmen Monday that the hardware and software was installed Nov. 24-27. The system was back online on Nov. 28. There were also two more sessions the following Monday and Tuesday to tweak the software and integration. The panels were programed and installed about a month and a half before that.

“The modernization went according to plan,” he said.

The only piece left is getting the office on Microsoft 10, which the control room is now on, as well as provide each of the three operators with a tablet that allows them to control the plant from home in a secure setting if needed.

A forensic audit will also be completed.

The commission and town will also try to sell the older analog equipment.

The Georgetown plant has seen a series of changes over the years.

It was built in 1991 when the state ordered the town the town to build a 17,000-gallon plant to take pressure off failing septic tanks in Georgetown and prevent septage from getting into the Norwalk River.

The plant was expanded to 75,000 gallons when the Meadow Ridge retirement community — which accepted its first residents in 2001 — was built. It was expanded again in 2008, to 245,000 gallons, when the Georgetown Land Development Corporation planned to develop the old Gilbert and Bennett Wire Mill for residential and commercial use.

That development stalled, however, leaving the plant with a normal load of about 50,000 to 60,000 gallons a day.

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