Officials in the Clark County town of Sellersburg have broken ground on a $20 million expansion and rehabilitation of the community’s wastewater treatment plant. Town manager Charlie Smith says the current facility is at 90% of capacity, which prompted a warning from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Earlier this year, the town council approved an increase in sewer rates to address infrastructure and capacity issues.
“This project is, by far, one of the most necessary projects within the Town of Sellersburg today. Once complete, the expansion and rehabilitation of this facility will secure reliable sanitary sewer service for current and future generations of residents of the Sellersburg,” said Charlie Smith, Town Manager of the Town of Sellersburg.
The town says the expansion will allow for the treatment of increased amounts of wastewater from expected growth in the community.
Smith says sewer rates have not increased since 2001 and were lowered in 2007. According to a report in the News and Tribune, a 4,000-gallon-monthly sewage customer would see their wastewater bill rise from $22.85 to $56.01 per month. To ease the blow, Smith says the increase will occur in two phases.
Construction is slated to be completed by mid-year 2023.