UPDATE: Stanton's Sewer System Tough With Landlock Issues 10/01/13
CBS 7 News
The booming oil field activity around Stanton has brought a messy situation to the city's front door. Now they're paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep up with the flow of sewage. The City of Stanton has seen its own struggles with the current oil boom, and one of them required a major overhaul to a city service that nearly everyone uses.
Ponds are treated after sewage goes through the sewer plant. Then they go into fields. Before last week there was only one field. That became a problem as the population went up, the ponds filled up, and the first field became too saturated.
"We were exceeding our limit on our permit. Now, we’re in compliance," says Stanton City Administrator, Michael Adams.
The city got a grant for $350,000 from the Texas Department of Rural Affairs to pay for the new field in 2010.
"If we would have finished the project then, the money would have been enough but land and contractors cost went up," says Adams.
The city had struggles on purchasing the land adjacent to the first field. The rise in prices meant the city had to pay close to $200,000 on the project themselves.
Bridge: the sewage field isn't the only area the town has seen changes. Because stanton is landlocked, sometimes they seem to have to deal with the repercussions of the oil field presence, but not reap the benefits.
One local resident of 78 years today, Charlie Smith, says he hasn’t seen any new eateries or retail stores opening up. What they do have though, they love.
"It's amazing, best burger in the country," says Adams about Stanton Drug store.
From housing to a lack of eating options, Stanton's sewage system may be the only thing capable of growing. The city hopes the changes in the sewer system will help the city in ways that being landlocked can't.
Stanton Gets More Sewage Space 9/27/13
According to city manager, Michael Adams, Stanton just finished a 40-acre project. He says with the rise in population, the amount of sewage going through the system was becoming more than their permit would allow.
They have a sewage plant the matter goes through then gets fed to an irrigated field. On this field, they grow crops and farm the land. The issue was when the land started to become too saturated. The city had to renew their permit and create a second sewage irrigation farm using a grant of $350,000 and $170,000 from taxes.
Adams says even though Stanton is landlocked, the city was able to purchase the extra 40 acres adjoining the first sewage farm from a private owner. The city is currently taking bids to work the second farm.