UPDATE: Salisbury Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades
The City of Salisbury gave an update, Tuesday, to the ongoing issues that have come out of its Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Officials say it's been over a month since the plant was last upgraded. Those fixes, back in November, hoped to address the excess amount of nutrients being sent back into the environment.
In 2017, the Environmental Integrity Project, a non-profit, said Salisbury's plant was discharging more phosphorous and nitrogen pollution than allowed.
The wastewater treatment plant has since been upgraded multiple times.
47 ABC spoke to Mayor Jake Day who says this upgrade, which was made over a month ago, is already making strides.
"The old standard was 2 milligrams per liter of phosphorus. Now it's 0.5 milligrams per liter of phosphorus. We are underneath the both of them. We are putting out 3.9 milligrams per liter of nitrogen, on average. And we're putting out 0.05 milligrams per liter of phosphorus. So 10 percent of the phosphorus that we need to be," Mayor Day said.
The Mayor adds that he acknowledges the plant has had multiple issues in the past. Tuesday, he called this version of the plant "excellent", and it's not even 100 percent up and running yet.