Kids offered Halloween tour of Greenville wastewater plant

Published: Oct. 27, 2016 at 10:03 PM EDT
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Things are back to normal at a local wastewater treatment plant after Hurricane Matthew nearly doubled the volume of water passing through.

Thursday, officials there held a "Trick or Treatment Tour" to show kids the ins-and-outs of the facility.

Greenville Utilities officials say they treat an average of 10 million to 12 million gallons a day, but during Hurricane Matthew and the flooding, they say that average spiked to over 24 million gallons a day.

GUC says they're thankful the wastewater plant didn't suffer any damage, but there were a few problems at the pump stations.

"At different pump stations, they were underwater, so our maintenance crews had to go out by boat to different pump stations to try to keep them dry," explains JoEllen Gay, the environmental compliance coordinator.

"We have a very rigorous maintenance program and it was tested during then," says Jason Manning, the wastewater treatment plant superintendent. "Luckily for us, all of the preventative maintenance we've done paid off."

This is the first year GUC has offered the "Trick or Treatment Tour", but they say they hope to make it an annual event.