Cave Bay Community Services, Inc. (CBCS) unveiled an expanded, fully permitted and compliant wastewater treatment, storage and land application facility to the public on October 8, 2015 . The facility which is located in the Cave Bay community, six miles north of Worley, Idaho, will provide wastewater treatment for up to 212 homes.
In 2011, CBCS was faced with a potential catastrophe – wastewater in the 2.6 million gallon lagoon was close to breaching a low portion of the embankment which, had it overflowed, could have sent wastewater into Coeur d’Alene Lake.
After stabilizing the situation CBCS implemented an emergency action plan. The plan included building up the embankment with sand bags and plastic, notifying community members to curtail their water usage, hauling wastewater to the City of Worley’s treatment facility, and irrigating about one acre of adjacent forest land.
Planning, design and construction oversight for this $1.3 million project was completed by T-O Engineers with funding through the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s (IDEQ) Clean Water Loan Program.Preliminary planning and environmental review for the project was partially funded through a Wastewater Facilities Planning Grant awarded to CBCS by IDEQ.Following approval of the Wastewater Facilities Plan, IDEQ awarded CBCS a low interest Clean Water Loan for completion of final design and construction.
“We are excited for the opening of the new facility,” said CBCS, Inc., President, Dave Kinkela. “Completion of the CBCS Wastewater Lagoon upgrade will provide safe, up-to-date, environmentally sound wastewater treatment for the Cave Bay community.”