Sewage Disposal Plant of Leominster
Its improved bacterial sewage disposal unit is attracting wide attention to the city of Leominster, Mass., and Mayor Sawtelle is receiving many inquiries from all over the state concerning the system and its workings. Many towns and cities which are considering changes or additions to their sewage disposal plants are turning their attention toward this city, and investigating the first unit installed, says the Fitchburg Sentinel. The city of Brockton was represented this week, by A. F. Norbeck, chairman of the sewage commission, Zimri Thurber, a member of the commission, H. S. Crocker, city engineer, and Frank A. Kennedy, chemist for the sewage commission. In company with Mayor Sawtelle and L. F. Hammond, superintendent of sewers, they visited the unit at the Divoll farm and made a thorough inspection of the plant. It was the first bacterial disposal plant that some of the men had seen and they were greatly interested in its workings. When they reached the discharge pipe and saw the clearness and purity of the effluent they were greatly impressed and declared it was much superior to other plants they had visited. Mr. Kennedy took samples of the effluent for analysis. Mr. Nordbeck explained that Brockton is contemplating changes to its sewage disposal plant and before taking action decided to make a thorough investigation of the bacterial system which is gaining great headway in other states. Mayor Sawtelle told them this unit has been in operation over a year and the longer it works the better the results obtained. He said the unit is working under a disadvantage because it is handling only one-half the amount of sewage it was built for and for this reason the best of results cannot be expected. But even under these conditions, the plan is working fully as well as had been expected or claimed by the engineers. The visitors were particularly impressed by the absence of odors of any kind about the plant and also with the cost of operating which Mayor Sawtelle told them was practically nothing in comparison with other plants.