The possible relocation of a Kaysville snack food company may keep the Central Davis County Sewer District from bonding to expand its plant.
A possible $2.4 million sewer plant expansion has been discussed since Environmental Protection Agency officials found the district's waste water in violation of federal standards as a result of Clover Club Foods Co.'s increase in water pollution, said district manager Leland Myers.Clover Club's recent plant expansion resulted in a larger output of starches, sugars and oils that require treatment. The district needs a bigger plant to handle the current organic loads, he said.
Since the district was made aware of the violation in June, it has beefed up efforts to treat water for the organics. Fees levied against Clover Club have paid for the improvements. New equipment at the sewer plant and pre-treatment procedures at Clover Club have nearly returned the water to federal limits, but the steps are only stop-gap measures, Myers said.
"We are a smaller sewer district, and with the load receiving from Clover Club, we are at plant capacity. From the $200,000 impact fees we receive (each year) we have not built up enough reserve yet. We would need bonding," Myers said. "We are faced with a lot of uncertainties."
The major uncertainty is whether Clover Club will move its operations outside of the sewer district which serves Kaysville, Fruit Heights and Farmington. If Clover Club closes its operations in Kaysville, Myers believes the facilities could accommodate residential growth in the area in the next seven to 10 years without bonding.
Surcharges would finance $1.2 million in improvements currently being made and others planned for fall. Reserves saved over the next decade would be used for the $2.4 million plant addition.
However, if Clover Club chooses to remain in the district, expansion of the sewer plant built in 1961 would have to take place much sooner. So far, the company has only considered relocating to sites outside of the district, Myers said.
"We are trying to move ahead without spending money uselessly. We are caught between the federal government and what will be beneficial to citizens and population growth."
Bill Acconcio, Clover Club plant manager, confirmed that the company is in the site selection process and has plans to relocate within the next two years.
"We have more than doubled our business," Acconcio said. "We are looking for someplace that can handle our type of business. (Central) Davis County Sewer just cannot handle us, and I don't know if they could handle the output even if we left."