Maryville has approved a revised contract with a Knox County utility district to allow a 300,000-gallon-per-day increase in wastewater management services that would lead to thousands of dollars in increased revenues for the city.

Maryville City Council members voted unanimously late Tuesday on a motion to allow the mayor to sign a contract with Knox-Chapman Utility District that will increase the maximum amount of sewage they send to the city for treatment from 700,000 gallons of wastewater a day to a maximum to 1 million.

The Maryville Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant currently treats an average of 9.5 million gallons of wastewater a day for more than 22,000 customers in Maryville, Alcoa and Knox-Chapman, but it had Public Utilities Director Barron Swafford saying he believed a major factor in increasing sewage treatment amounts was the Knox-Chapman Utility District recently adding Johnson University onto its system.

Finance Manager Mike Swift also confirmed in an interview after the meeting that the addition of the university onto the system was a leading factor for the new contract.

Though Maryville’s plant currently only processes between 9 and 10 million gallons of sewage a day, Swafford said that it can actually handle around 14 million gallons on a wet day and around 17 millions on a dry day.

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