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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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.


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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