PUD will rent trucks and hire drivers to remove sludge

Instead of hiring contractors to remove waste from Harbor Paper, the Grays Harbor PUD will rent trucks and hire drivers to haul about 12,000 tons of wastewater byproduct to a landfill in Cowlitz County.

The project will likely cost the utility about $432,000, and PUD General Manager Dave Ward estimated that the decision will save about $450,000.

“From the beginning, our goal has been to fulfill our Harbor Paper responsibilities while having the lowest possible impact on our customers,” Ward said.

Earlier this year, the PUD partnered with the City of Hoquiam to pump millions of gallons of treated water from the primary clarifier into the city’s wastewater treatment system. Once the water was removed, several tons of sediment and sludge remained.

The PUD created two temporary positions for drivers to transport the material from the Harbor Paper site to a landfill in Cowlitz County, one of two Washington landfills equipped to handle the sludge and sediment. The PUD has begun to advertise for truck rental and is hiring drivers and loader operators. Those interested in applying are encouraged to visit the Grays Harbor PUD website at ghpud.org or to contact the Grays Harbor PUD temporary job line at 538-6237 or 1-800-562-7726, ext. 6237, for further information.


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