By Ashley Rader
Elizabethton’s wastewater treatment plant is getting a $176,000 boost from Tennessee that will help the city improve energy efficiency at the facility.
And in a blend of the current and the historical, Gov. Bill Haslam was scheduled to present the grant at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area during this morning’s dedication ceremony for a new interpretive exhibit.
“Through this grant, the state is pleased to support Elizabethton’s efforts to reduce cost, reduce emissions and help the city to consume less power,” Haslam said Thursday. “Infrastructure projects like these are important to strengthening Tennessee communities.”
Elizabethton Mayor Curt Alexander said the city had applied for the grant two years ago after budget cuts limited how many capital improvements the city would be able to make to its infrastructure.
“We are very appreciative of the grant,” Alexander said. “It will be used for much-needed repairs at the wastewater treatment plant.”
Elizabethton City Manager Jerome Kitchens said the money would be used to improve energy efficiency and energy savings at the wastewater treatment plant.
“It will give enough leeway in the wastewater renovations for them to do what needs to be done,” Kitchens said. “When the changes to the plant were designed, Johann (Coetzee, utilities director) did go for the most energy-efficient methods. This will help improve on that.”
The city is in the process of upgrading the wastewater treatment plant along with other areas of the city’s infrastructure to improve operations.