ST. GEORGE – Late Sunday afternoon, a roof on the solids facility at the St. George Waste Water Treatment Plant collapsed.
The facility, which is closed to the public and houses solids (sludge) processing equipment, was unoccupied at the time of the collapse and there were no injuries to employees.
Upon initial inspection, the collapse appears to be a structural failure, but the cause is still under investigation. The condition of the equipment in the facility is still being evaluated and the cost to repair the roof is estimated to be $200,000.
“As serious as this situation was, it could have been much worse. We are very fortunate that no one on our team was injured in the incident,” said Scott Taylor, St. George Water Services Director.
Due to the damage, the facility is unable to process any sludge, but the plant will continue its operations without interruption.
“We have enough storage capacity on-site for the solids, which will allow the plant to continue to process waste water for the next several weeks until repairs are completed on the roof,” Taylor said.
Once roof debris is removed from the facility, inspectors will evaluate the condition of the equipment and will likely resume the solids processing operation while the new roof is reconstructed.
City Waste Water Treatment crews do not anticipate any major disruption to the sewer treatment process.