News City sewage plant poses danger, needs refurbishing, says report by consultant

The Madera Waste Water Treatment facility — aka sewage plant — is again approaching disaster with the potential failure of another key component, the concrete “wetwell,” the massive tank that collects and holds city sewage just prior to processing, according to an emergency repair study, performed in September by Stantec Consulting Services.

Built in the 1950s, the sewer plant dodged a crisis in 2017, but continues on.

The study was presented to the City Council Oct. 10.

With its decaying infrastructure, the plant, situated on Avenue 13, processes from 7 million gallons to as much as 10 million gallons per day and is barely keeping up with increasing population demands.