In 2008, the Monongalia County Health Department (MCHD) issued a report regarding health issues in the community of Crown brought about by the lack of appropriate wastewater collection systems for the citizens of the area. Some of the 43 residencies utilized undersized and failing individual septic systems while other residencies’ sewer discharged directly into drainage areas or streams.
Comparing the waste conditions in the area to those seen in Third World countries, the MCHD turned to The Greater Paw Paw Public Service District (PSD) to assist in the improvements of this condition as the Crown community is located within the geographic area that could be served by the PSD.
Thrasher was highly involved in the preliminary assessment and planning for the project and worked with the PSD to best address the issues. This identifying various options, including the use of a package treatment system for the area. Additionally, preliminary cost estimates and possible funding options were reviewed, including the use of a “green funds” grant from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WV DEP) State Revolving Funds.
Working with the WVDEP, utilization of an environmentally friendly package plant system with a drip irrigation field was selected and CWSRF “Green” Infrastructure Fund was utilized.