Officials in the Madison County town of Frankton have broken ground on a $20 million wastewater treatment plant, replacing a 50-year-old wooden structure that has housed the operation. Our partners at the Herald-Bulletin report the facility will increase capacity and reduce flooding.
The new facility will have a 4.3-million-gallon daily capacity, compared to the current plant that processes 1.4 million gallons daily. It will also increase capacity on its reserve tanks, helping to reduce overflow from getting discharged into Pipe Creek.
The publication says Frankton is one of many communities throughout the state and in Madison County that have entered into agreements with either the Indiana Department of Environmental Management or U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to separate stormwater and wastewater systems.
The town says the investment will not only improve wastewater disposal, but it was also needed for the community’s economic expansion goals.
“This is huge. It’s key to growth. Upgrades on major water projects like this will have dividends for years to come,” said Madison County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Clayton Whitson. “Water infrastructure is not a sexy project to take on, but it’s very much needed.”
The H-B says the projects are being paid for through a combination of federal and state loans and grants.
The new treatment plant was five years in the planning and is expected to be completed within 18 months.
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