Waste Water

Mission


The mission of the Bethel Waste Water Treatment Plant is to collect and treat the wastewater that is generated in the Town of Bethel. The wastewater is treated to meet or exceed the limits set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection. We are also charged with the proper disposal of all bio-solids that are generated by the treatment plant.

Responsibilities


The Department shall be responsible for the proper handling and disposal of wastewater and septage materials generated within Bethel and for the proper construction and maintenance of the Town's wastewater infrastructure, to include but not be limited to:
  • Pipes
  • Mains
  • Manholes
  • Pump stations
  • Conduits
  • Easements
  • Treatment plant
  • Spreading fields and other wastewater-related facilities whose maintenance is deemed essential to the common good

Costs


All costs incurred by this Department shall be met solely through operation of a wastewater fund. The fund's revenue sources shall be limited to moneys derived from customer billing, governmental grants and private donations. Moneys from the Town of Bethel general fund may only be transferred to the wastewater fund with Town Meeting approval.

Budget


The fiscal year of the Department shall run from July 1 through June 30. An annual departmental budget, with balancing revenue and expenditure statements, shall be subject to approval by the Selectmen before any portion of it may be implemented.

The Selectmen shall be responsible for determination of the overall fiscal policy of the Wastewater Treatment Department, to include establishment of customer categories, customer rates, billing practices, collection practices, and lien and foreclosure procedures.

The Selectmen shall be authorized to enter into any and all loan and grant agreements on behalf of the Department, except that any obligation of the taxation power of the Town of Bethel shall be subject to Town Meeting approval.

Property


The Selectmen shall be authorized to accept and convey any and all real property, personal property, easements and other deeded instruments related and necessary to the operation of the Wastewater Treatment Department.

All real property, personal property, easements and other deeded instruments acquired by donation or through expenditure of the wastewater fund shall be considered to be property of the Town of Bethel. [Amended