Founded in 1887, the town of Culbertson, Mont., is located in the northeastern part of the state, just 60 miles south of the Canadian border. Culbertson is home to approximately 716 residents and 50 businesses that require an effective wastewater treatment system that complies with state and federal regulations.
Previously, the town utilized a facultative lagoon system without mixing or aeration. These existing lagoons exhibited multiple deficiencies, including unpermitted discharges, excessive vegetation, excessive sludge accumulation, and leakage rates that exceeded allowable limits and had reached their maximum capacity, which prevented future sewer hookups and growth for the town. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued an administrative order of consent...[continue reading]