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Utility chief: Fee increase needed

City sewer plant has $2 million in deferred maintenance
In the event of a power outage, the retired trickling filter in the background can be used to divert sewage, said Steve Salka, utilities director for the city of Durango’s wastewater treatment plant. However, Salka said, that would only give the plant about six extra hours to fix the problem.
Corey Griffis, left, and Joe Coleman of the city of Durango’s wastewater treatment plant respond to a drill simulating a failed lift station on Friday afternoon near the intersection of U.S. highways 160 and 550.
“If we lose power, we’re going to lose control of that sewage, and it’s going to overflow into the river,” says Steve Salka, utilities director for the city of Durango’s wastewater plant.
Plant employees constructed the cover for this secondary clarifier, says Steve Salka, utilities director for the city of Durango’s wastewater plant. Salka said the smell from the plant stems from the remaining uncovered clarifiers, which separate solid waste from liquid waste.

Utility chief: Fee increase needed

In the event of a power outage, the retired trickling filter in the background can be used to divert sewage, said Steve Salka, utilities director for the city of Durango’s wastewater treatment plant. However, Salka said, that would only give the plant about six extra hours to fix the problem.
Corey Griffis, left, and Joe Coleman of the city of Durango’s wastewater treatment plant respond to a drill simulating a failed lift station on Friday afternoon near the intersection of U.S. highways 160 and 550.
“If we lose power, we’re going to lose control of that sewage, and it’s going to overflow into the river,” says Steve Salka, utilities director for the city of Durango’s wastewater plant.
Plant employees constructed the cover for this secondary clarifier, says Steve Salka, utilities director for the city of Durango’s wastewater plant. Salka said the smell from the plant stems from the remaining uncovered clarifiers, which separate solid waste from liquid waste.
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