December 2015 Project Roundup: Groundbreaking Ceremonies, Construction 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

Project: New wastewater treatment facility.
Details: Project will double capacity from 80,000 gpd to 160,000 gpd, Includes land disposal facilities.
Status: Groundbreaking, Oct. 20
Cost: $6 million

Chatsworth Water Works
Project: New solar array near the Judson Vick water treatment plant
Details: 5-acre array, which can produce 1 megawatt per hour per day. Will power main office and treatment plant at an estimated energy savings of $2.2 million over 25 years.
Status: Ribbon-cutting ceremony, Nov. 3
Cost: $2.2 million

DeKalb County
Project: Expansion of Snapfinger Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant
Details: Upgrade from 36 mgd to 54 mgd. Largest public works project in the county’s history.
Status: Groundbreaking, Oct. 23
Cost: $187 million
Contractor: Archer Western, Tetra Tech, AECOM

Spring Valley
Project: New Aeromod activated sludge treatment plant
Details: Will replace existing primary treatment facility, which sustained catastrophic damage when the Illinois River flooded in April 2013. Existing treatment lagoon will be converted to equalization basin. New plant is being built at a higher elevation to withstand 500-year flood level.
Status: Groundbreaking ceremony, Oct. 14
Cost: $12.25 million
Contractors: River City Construction of East Peoria, Illinois, Chamlin and Associates of Peru, Illinois

Project: Expansion of clean water plant
Details: Capacity will increase from 1.6 mgd to 3.65 mgd
Status: Groundbreaking, Nov. 5
Cost: $13.9 million
Contractor: Grand River Construction of Hudsonville, Moore & Bruggink Inc.

New York
Project: Upgrade to wastewater treatment plant
Details: Upgrades include improvements to meet new regulatory requirements for Chesapeake Bay Watershed as well as new equipment to transform the facility into a “resource recovery hub.”
Status: Work to begin in early December
Cost: $15.5 million
Completion: First phase completion, early 2016

North Carolina
Project: Martin County Regional Water and Sewer Authority new water treatment plant
Details: Treatment capacity of 2 mgd. Construction began in Sept. 2013.
Status: Open house and opening, Nov. 11
Contractors: T.A. Loving

Project: Wastewater treatment plant expansion
Details: Upgrades include addition of a backup generator and system improvements. Plant will expand from 7 mgd to 16 mgd.
Status: Groundbreaking, Nov. 6
Cost: $12.5 million for Phase 1

City of Greater Sudbury
Project: New biosolids management facility
Details: Canada’s first P3 biosolids project. Produces Class A biosolids.
Status: Complete, May 2015. Project presented at recent 2015 Canadian Design-Build Conferences in Toronto.
Cost: $63.1 million, Canadian.
Partner: N-Viro

Project: Gasification plant at wastewater treatment facility will convert wood waste, tires and sewer sludge to electricity
Details: Plant will produce energy to power wastewater treatment facility
Status: Groundbreaking, Nov. 17
Cost: $3.5 million
Partners: PGH Energy of Nashville


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