TAZEWELL, Va. — A new innovative, more effective and less expensive wastewater treatment system that can provide relief for rural areas is tentatively set to be officially unveiled Nov. 3.

After several years of planning and work, the system at Cavitt’s Creek Park in Tazewell County will be open to see, with the installer of the facility on hand to answer questions.

Bringing the system to Tazewell County was an international effort, said Economic Director Mike Thompson earlier this year.

The technology used was developed in Israel and introduced here by the Governor’s Virginia Israeli Advisory Board (VIAB), he said, adding that it was the result of a coordinated effort with EPC America, a company using Israeli technology to construct a highly efficient, very clean wastewater treatment system.

Thompson said the park will become a demonstration site for private developers, public waste water utility operators and others to see how this technology can change development in rural America.

Beyond this project, the company has also committed to creating a manufacturing and distribution center for water, wastewater and other innovative products in Tazewell County, he added.

Charles Bostwick, president of EPC America and project manager for the Tazewell initiative, emphasized the opportunities ahead.

“We foresee significant growth for our Tazewell based company as we market these solutions nationally,” he said. “Our efforts will create further impetus for other companies to create a manufacturing and distribution center for water, wastewater and other innovative products in Tazewell. In fact, already we have created a team of Virginia based companies critical to the completion of the Cavitt’s Creek project. Together we will provide turnkey projects in Tazewell, regionally and nationally and we envision becoming an exporter from Virginia to the world.”

One of the destinations for the new system may be very close: McDowell County.

State Sen. Chandler Swope, R-6th District, said when he heard about what the system can do he thought of McDowell County.

Chandler said it would save money because the processing is done in much smaller, more efficient systems that are environmentally friendly.

Not nearly as much pipe has to be laid to connect towns and residents to one facility, he said. Each area can have its own, and it does not have the expense of an operator.

Chandler said he has already started the permit process at the state level.

Tazewell County Supervisor Mike Hymes said the “it’s a great project “

“When our board was approached regarding this new-to-America wastewater technology our board chose to locate the project at a environmentally sensitive area,” he said. “Our thinking was the project would allow us to build cabins at Lake Witten and prove the technology was sound.”

It also provides an economic boost, he added.

“In addition, locating the project here assures the units will be manufactured here,” he said. “There are many places in our area and across the county where this technology will allow residents access to wastewater treatment.”

— Contact Charles Boothe at cboothe@bdtonline.com

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