The Municipality of Roatán gave ACME Environmental Solutions the notice to proceed on the first two phases of a six phase project to install a sewer system in the Roatán community of Santa Maria, up the hill from the Mahogany Bay Cruise Center. Work began on Monday August 12th on the effort to install a collection system to each of the 128 lots in the community. This system will take the waste from each home to a state-of-the-art waste water treatment plant. According to ACME Engineer Samuel Rivera, the design for the collection system was a challenge because of the hilly nature of the community and the desire to design a system that had no pumps. “A gravity only system is much less expensive to operate in the long run” said Rivera. Another task in this phase is the construction of a round trickling filter treatment tank for a system that will ultimately treat up to 40,000 gallons of waste per day. This initial effort will employ about 12 men from the local community for much of the 90 day duration of the project. The excavation of the trenches and construction of the first round concrete tank will be performed by another Roatán company, Island Concrete.