By Tim Kowols
The town of Washington is looking into possible solutions for its wastewater and septic tank waste this winter ahead of its annual budget hearing. Most of the year, the town spreads its waste on designated fields on the island, something it is forbidden from doing when the ground is frozen and snow-covered during the winter months. The town is updating one of its current Fixed Activated Sludge Treatment (FAST) systems to get through the winter, but chairperson John Rader says a more costly solution could be down the road.
Rader says larger upgrades most likely would not be included in the upcoming 2018 budget, but reserved for 2019. The town is also working on eliminating some holding tanks on the island and switching to a mound septic tank system to address some of its wastewater issues.