The following is a press release issued by the City of Fort Bragg:
Nearly one year ago, the City of Fort Bragg completed a major upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant facility to improve the reliability and quality of effluent (treated water released into the ocean). The new treatment system has proved to be far more efficient in the removal of solids from the waste stream than expected. This translates into a much greater need for onsite storage of the biosolids at the treatment facility. This is the source of the odor that many have experienced near the treatment plant facility located on the Coastal Trail.
The City began the search for equipment to reduce the biosolid volume in September of last year. In March, City staff identified a biosolid dryer unit that would fit within the treatment facility footprint at a reasonable price and that came with a performance guarantee. The City Council approved the purchase of the biosolid dryer at the May 10, 2021 meeting. The dryer is expected to be delivered to the wastewater facility October 1st.
In the meantime, the City has continued treating the biosolids to reduce the volume and combat odor. This week we were able to remove and transport some of the biosolids which have caused more odor than usual on the Coastal Trail and surrounding areas.
The City will provide regular updates as the project progresses.
Questions regarding this information should be directed to Public Works Director, John Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (707) 961-2823.