Oliver Springs ordered to upgrade wastewater treatment plant

Oliver Springs ordered to upgrade wastewater treatment plant


OLIVER SPRINGS (WATE) - State environmental regulators have ordered the town of Oliver Springs to make upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant or else face fines if the work isn't finished on time.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation issued the order after permit violations over the past several years, including several already this year. Those include a high number of overflows  and e.Coli violations.

The plant discharges into Poplar Creek. TDEC says there are no municipal water supply intakes downstream of the plant.

Mayor Chris Hepler says the town has been aware for some time that the plant needs improvements, spending $250,000 from its reserve fund in the past fiscal year.

The order includes a possible civil penalty of $175,000, but Oliver Springs hopes to avoid that by complying with all its requirements.

"We will continue to make upgrades at our plant to satisfy the concerns of state regulators in addition to improvements that will enhance operations and efficiency for years to come," Hepler said in a statement to 6 News.

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