Peggy Kiefer

Grove Sun

The Grove Wastewater Treatment Plant has been on-line for 5 years, but in October it received the news they were waiting for.

“Construction is complete and our compost met the requirements of a class A compost,” said plant superintendent John Gibe. “Free compost is now available to the public,” he said.

The compost facility is part of the Phase II Expansion Project which began in September 2009. Grove Municipal Services Authority owns and operates the City’s Sequential Batch Reactor (SBR) Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

“I am really proud of both the Water and Wastewater treatment plants and the people who run them,” said Jack Bower, Public Works Director. “The Wastewater Treatment plant is a great facility and we have great people unning it,” said Bower.  He added that they have officials from other states and cities come to tour the facility. The compost facility is one of the newest in the area of total composting of waste water sludge.

“Financially it is far cheaper to compost than to haul the sludge off,” stated John Gibe, Treatment Plant Superintendent. 

“Every time a truck filled with sludge left our plant it cost $800” he said, “We hauled off a minimum of three times per week.”  Gibe said they will recover the costs of the compost equipment in three to five years.  $600,000 was received by the Federal Stimulus Fund and Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) also helped fund the project.

“It’s only a matter of time that the landfills will stop accepting the loads,” said City Manager Bruce Johnson. “It goes with the green theme taught to today’s school age children Recycle-Reduce-Reuse.  We are only processing it and giving it back.”