1 - Currently the HVSSD Sewer Plant has a treatment capacity of 4.34 MGD (million gallons per day) from the existing wastewater lagoons and the 2012 Mechanical Plant.
2 - HVSSD's current Treatment capacity is more than its Disposal capacity.
3 -HVSSD must dispose of the treated effluent water from the lagoons or Mechanical Plant according to state and federal standards. HVSSD cannot discharge into the Provo River.
4 - Currently HVSSD disposes of treated effluent by farming 375 acres of alfalfa crops during the irrigation season. This is the HVSSD Sewer Farm located north of the Heber City airport. This farm provides much needed, well maintained open space. This farmland preserves the rural quality and agricultural heritage of our valley.
5 -In order for HVSSD to match the existing treatment capacity to needed disposal capacity, it still needs to buy more farmland. This year HVSSD will add another 80 acres of farmland close to the existing 375 acres, which took two years to develop. That will bring the total farmland to 455 acres. Yet even with that addition, more farmland is still needed.
6 - Current engineering studies show another 165 irrigable acres are needed. Adding these 165 acres will bring the total potential acreage for HVSSD farmland up to 620 acres. This total acreage should match the current HVSSD treatment capacity. Also, the total acreage will be approved in conjunction with the State of Utah Division of Water Quality Office.
7 -Along with acquiring this new farmland, HVSSD needs to construct a new winter storage pond. This winter storage pond will meet state and federal standards for treated effluent disposal. It will not take any raw sewage. The pond could potentially accommodate up to a 0.5 MGD capacity (or a half-million MGD).
8 -The property that received the proposed HVSSD condemnation notice adjoins the existing sewer Plant by Midway. The property fulfills the effluent disposal capacity needs by providing additional farmland and a place for the winter irrigation storage pond.
9 -HVSSD did try to avoid the proposed eminent domain action. HVSSD did give a bona fide offer to the landowner based on a qualified appraisal in September 2020. HVSSD did negotiate with the landowner for some time before that by hiring a real estate attorney and completing due diligence on the property, along with the appraisal and offer.
10 - HVSSD’s first goal in its Strategic Management Plan is to “...provide the greatest value, efficiency, and accountability for taxpayer/ratepayer moneys.” HVSSD can utilize all of its existing infrastructure by matching its disposal capacity to the current treatment capacity. This ensures the maximum value to ratepayers.
11 - HVSSD is historically and currently in compliance with the Utah Clean Water Act.
12 - HVSSD is under a continuing Operating permit with the State of Utah’s Division of Water Quality.
13 - Any new development means that HVSSD must utilize all of its infrastructure’s capacity.
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