The Templeton sewer department currently serves over 1,400 homes and businesses through the municipal sewer system. The wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) is permitted to treat up to an average of 600,000 gallons per day. Current flow to the plant is about 250,000 gallons per day. In addition, nearly 2,000,000 gallons of concentrated residential septic tank waste was treated during the last 12 months. The planning and implementing of infrastructure updates and improvements is an almost constant need to maintain departmental economy, efficiency and operations. A new custom built septage receiving automated fine screen unit was installed during November 2013. This new equipment will more thoroughly remove the solid components of the septage and eliminate the need for manual cleaning thereby improving the safety of the operators. The permit, which allows the plant to discharge treated effluent to the Otter River, is in some cases stricter than current drinking water standards. This high degree of purity is to protect the small organisms that form a protion of the base of the food chain in the river. This high degree of treatment is accomplished by a combination of physical, microbiological and chemical means. The solids which are removed from the wastewater are dewatered in a belt filter press and are then deposited in the sludge landfill. These solids must be covered with sand the same day they are deposited.
All operators at the WWTP are licensed through the State Department of Environmental Protection. To acquire the necessary license, operators must pass a 100 question test and have several years on the job experience. In addition operators need to earn a minimum of 20 continuing education credits every 2 years to maintain their license. The WWTP is staffed 7 days per week and each of the 8 sewer pumping stations are also checked every day. There is an operator on call 24/7 to handle any emergency that might arise. The WWTP and all sewer pumping stations have their own standby power source, so in instances where electrical power is lost, the sewer department continues to function. Tours of the WWTP for small groups or individuals are available by calling the Superintendent at (978) 939-2743.