Jefferson County Sewer System – The Gift That Keeps On Giving!

Posted: April 25, 2010 in Current Events
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Yes, the wonderful Jefferson County sewer system, the one that has left the county in over $3 billion of debt.  But hey, at least it is the finest sewer system money can buy.  It’s just like being enrolled in the “Jelly Of The Month Club” (or what I keep wanting to call it, the “Ham Of The Month Club”, for some odd reason).  It’s the gift that keeps on giving all year!  Or years.  So at least we have that……..

Flawed Sewer System Can Treat Only Half Its Designed Limit, Jefferson County Officials Say

Oh you have to be kidding!  Son of a b…..ok, cursing will do no good here.  But geez louise!  We spent all this money for a super-duper sewer system and this is what we get?

The Five Mile Creek plant has the capacity to push 27 million gallons a day through the facility, not 60 million gallons as originally designed, according to county officials.

The County Commission approved a $52.4 million contract in 2005 to double the capacity of the Five Mile Creek plant, which was nearing capacity.

OK, so since I do actuarial work, I am going to use some math skills here.  The plant was nearing capacity, so a contract was rewarded to double the plant’s capacity.  That plan design called for a capacity of 60 million gallons.  If that is double the original capacity, then the original capacity would have been 30 million gallons.  But instead of 60 million gallons that the plant was suppose to have capacity for, instead the plant capacity is actually 27 million gallons.  So, let’s see, instead of picking up 30 million gallons of capacity, the plant actually LOST 3 million gallons of capacity?  The county spent over $50 million to have a plant that is LESS capable than it was previously?  And just when you think you have seen it all when it comes to this darn sewer system.

I have been lucky enough to get a picture of the man behind this wonderful sewer design showing off his full proof system of sewer treatment.

Well that explains it!

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