November 2015 Project Roundup: Groundbreaking Ceremonies, Constructions and More

See what's going on around the country in this listing of new water and wastewater projects.

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Editor's Note: Each month, we'll be bringing you a roundup of new water and wastewater projects from across the country. If you would like your town or city's project included here, please email Digital Editor Jennifer West at

Santa Clara Valley Water District
Project: Modernization of Rinconada Water Treatment Plant
Details: Boost output from 80 mgd to 100 mgd
Status: Groundbreaking ceremony, Sept. 30
Cost: $250 million
Completion: 5-year project

Gwinnett County
Project: Nutrient Recover Facility at 60 mgd F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center
Details: Partnership with Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies to reduce struvite precipitation; phosphorus removal technology will help protect the Lake Lenier and Chattahoochee River
Status: Opening ceremony, Oct. 21
Partners: Ostara

Project: Upgrades to Rockmart Water Pollution Control Plant
Details: Upgrades necessary to meet new phosphorus reduction permit limits; first update in more than a decade
Status: Construction started
Cost: $2.8 million
Contractors: Sol Construction, LLC

Kansas Municipal Utilities, McPherson
Project: New municipal training center
Details: 20,000-square-foot facility, which will include public water and wastewater system components
Status: Groundbreaking, Oct. 14
Cost: $3.2 million

Project: New wastewater treatment plant
Details: 200,000 gpd capacity; prior plant had 85,000 gpd capacity
Status: In testing phase; plant could come online by end of year
Cost: $10 million
Contractor: GMB Architects and Engineers, Wickersham Construction and Engineering

Project: New plant will replace antiquated plant in Greensboro. Project also includes connecting homes in nearby Goldsboro to the system. Plant is expected to reduce nitrogen entering the Choptank River by 83 percent and phosphorus by 90 percent.
Status: Groundbreaking
Cost: $19 million

City of Morris
Project: New water treatment plant
Status: Engineering firm chosen, funding sources approved
Details: New plant needed to meet wastewater discharge requirements; chloride levels need to be lowered by 2020 under current discharge permit
Contractors: Bolten and Menk
Cost: $11 million (estimated project cost)

New Jersey
City of Frenchtown
Project: New wastewater treatment plant
Details: Plant was dedicated to the late John Butler, manager of the former plant. New plant was partially funded by USDA Rural Development and New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust. Plant helps protect the nearby Delaware River.
Status: Opening, Oct. 14 marked with ribbon-cutting ceremony
Cost: $12.5 million

New York
Project: New wastewater treatment plant and aerated lagoons
Status: Open house, Oct. 15
Cost: $2.87 million
Contractors: Carr & Associates

La Feria
Project: UV system added to La Feria Water Treatment Plant
Details: Second city in Rio Grande Valley to use UV
Cost: $800,000 system, which is part of a $15 million water and sewer project
Contractors: R.P. Constructors

Utah County
Project: Upgrades to existing treatment plant
Details: Plant renamed Don A. Christiansen Regional Water Treatment Plant. Upgrades included installation of ozone generators, expansion to 100 mgd, improvements to meet seismic standards.
Status: Complete
Cost: $50 million

West Virginia
Project: New water treatment plant
Details: Plant features ultra filtration membrane system and replaces a plant built in 1924; 7.7. mgd capacity with expansion possibilities up to 20 mgd
Status: Ribbon-cutting ceremony, Oct 8
Cost: $30 million
Contractors: Shook Construction, CT Consultants


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