After several years of planning, the facility was built and opened in 2011. It serves almost 150 users.
Boisen said high organic loading in Lake Champlain from individual septic systems in Essex has been a concern for a very long time. Essex is built on a rock and blue-clay base, she said, which was not effective for treating sewage with conventional systems.
“Having a municipal wastewater treatment facility makes a major impact in reducing the amount of blue-green algae blooms.”
The plant is a marvel, she said.
“The wastewater plant is highly insulated for energy efficiency; it has both photovoltaic and solar hot water to reduce energy cost. The plant is operated by a computer system that allows the operator to view what is happening through an Internet connection, and it can be monitored 24 hours a day.”
One thing no one wanted was a plant with an industrial design, Boisen said.
“It exemplifies what those of us who live within the Adirondack Park strive for — a sense of history in our neighborhoods — while containing all the technology to be as current and as efficient as possible.”
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