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Deer Lake Public Works employees are keeping an eye on the sludge levels at the sewage facility. The town’s superintendent said with the system getting older, preventative maintenance needs to be done periodically.
DEER LAKE — Deer Lake public works employees are monitoring the sludge levels in the town’s sewage system and hope to check the levels within the next week.
Workers have to use a small boat to row out and check the gauges, but were unable to do that when it was discovered the boat had a small hole in the bottom.
Superintendent Dave Thomas stressed there is nothing currently wrong with the system, but as it ages it needs more maintenance. It was installed about 18 years ago.
“We’re just trying to be proactive instead of reactive,” he said. “We need to see how much sludge is in those pools because if it’s getting filled up we need to get it cleaned out.”
There are three cells in the sewage system. Sewage flows into the first and as the sludge settles to the bottom, the water flows into the second where more sludge is removed. After it passes through the third cell the water, now freshened and having passed through aerators, is released back into the environment.