May 2016: 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 bring 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 jennifer.west@colepublishing.com.


California

Los Osos
Project: New Los Osos wastewater treatment plant
Details: Septic tanks in the area had to be removed because nitrates were contaminating groundwater. New plant will process 1.2 mgd.
Status: Grand opening, April 22
Cost: Part of a $183 million project to install a sewer system for 4,500 homes

Montague
Project: New wastewater treatment system
Details: Blue Frog System installed on May 3 in the first of four lagoons. The circulators are intended to decrease odor problems caused by sludge buildup.
Contractors: Absolute Aeration

Florida

St. Augustine
Project: St. Johns County Northwest Water Reclamation Facility
Details: New facility will have a reuse capacity of more than 1 mgd with future plans of 3 mgd. Construction began in 2013.
Status: Ribbon-cutting ceremony, April 29
Cost: $32 million; $8 million received from low-interest loan funding from Clean Water State Revolving Fund

Palm Coast
Project: New wastewater treatment facility
Details: Will replace a facility built in the 1970s. New plant is necessary for expansion.
Status: Groundbreaking, April 26
Cost: $25 million
Completion: 2018

Miami-Dade County
Project: Improvements to South District Wastewater Treatment Plant
Details: Upgrades will include electrical improvements, a new oxygen train, two new secondary clarifiers and high-level disinfection expansion. Plant capacity will increase from 285 mgd to 358 mgd.
Contractors: CH2M
Cost: $8.8 million, six-year contract awarded to CH2M

Michigan

East Jordan
Project: Wastewater treatment plant overhaul
Details: Will include upgrades to four lift stations plus upgrades to the city’s plant.
Status: Funding received. Grant and loan funding presented on Earth Day.
Cost: $5.7 million

Mississippi

Ferriday
Project: New water treatment plant
Details: Plant treats groundwater and replaces a plant built in the 1980s.
Status: Plant online
Cost: $6.9 million

North Dakota

Minot
Project: Flood protection for Minot’s water treatment plant
Details: Improvements include a 24- to 26-foot-high concrete wall that is 1,720 feet long. In June 2011, the Souris River flooded, causing nearly $700 million in damages to the city.
Status: Construction started
Cost: $25.7 million.
Completion: Midsummer 2017

Tennessee

Chattanooga
Project: Dewatering facility. Tennessee American Water Co.
Details: Will cut sludge effluents sent to Moccasin Bend Sewage Treatment Plant by 95 percent
Status: Dedication held
Cost: $18 million

Washington

Bellingham
Project: Addition of pretreatment system at water treatment plant
Details: System uses dissolved air flotation. Plant will switch from chlorine gas to chlorine salt.
Cost: $15.6 million
Completion: 2018

West Virginia

Elkins
Project: New water treatment plant
Details: Facility will replace 100-year-old water plant. This is the city’s largest water project in its history.
Status: Groundbreaking, May 4
Completion: Two years

Wisconsin

Viroqua
Project: Upgrade and rehabilitation of wastewater treatment plant
Details: Project will include a new pump station and forcemain along with replacement of sanitary sewer lines.
Cost: $10.1 million. City was awarded $7 million from USDA in grant and loan funding.

Canada

Toronto
Project: Upgrade and expansion of Dufferin Organics Facility
Details: Facility will be expanded to handle 55,000 tons per year of organic material. In addition to designing and supplying equipment, Anaergia will also operate the facility upon its completion.
Status: Design and pre-construction process has started. Construction planned for 2018.
Contractors: Anaergia, W.S. Nicholls Construction Inc.



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