The Marathon Water Supply & Sewer Service Corporation (MWSC) draws its water supply from the Marathon aquifer through two wells located near the town. This supply was sufficient to meet the needs of the community, but the water distribution system needed to be expanded to provide service to new users. In addition, 36 residences were not connected to the sewer system, and some of them were discharging their wastewater into cesspools or latrines. These on-site disposal systems pose a potentially serious health and environmental risk to the groundwater supply if they are not properly operated and maintained. With respect to wastewater treatment, the pond-based wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) was built in 1971 with the capacity to treat 28,000 gallons per day (gpd). In 2001, the plant was operating beyond its capacity, with average monthly flows of 36,000 gpd and a daily peak flow of 115,000 gpd, resulting in overflows in its final treatment pond.
The project was divided into two phases. The first phase consisted of expanding the WWTP to 100,000 gpd and bringing it into compliance with state regulations. The second phase included expanding the plant to 200,000 gpd and changing final treatment process from effluent evaporation to effluent irrigation, as well as connecting 19 homes to the water distribution system and 36 homes to the sewer system
Expansion and improvements to the wastewater treatment plant brought the system into compliance with state regulations, and the wastewater is being properly treated, thus eliminating discharges of inadequately treated wastewater to the Beakley Draw and reducing potential health and environmental risks for area residents. The project also provided first-time access to water and/or wastewater systems for 36 households, increasing service coverage to 100% of residents and eliminating the use of onsite sanitary systems, thus protecting the local aquifer, which is the sole water source for the community.
|Total Project Cost||US 1.36M|
US 1.36M - NADBank Grant: BEIF