November 2016 Project Roundup: Groundbreaking Ceremonies, Construction and More

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

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 Online Editor Anthony Drew at


Project: Installation of new treatment plant equipment
Details: Improvements at Choccolocco Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant will improve efficiency and keep facility in compliance
Status: Going to bid in 2017 and slated for completion in three years
Cost: $12 million


Project: Final phase of construction for Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant Tertiary Project
Details: Demolition of old facilities and finishing new plant
Status: Contract awarded and construction expected to start by end of year
Cost: $10 million
Contractor: Myers & Sons Construction


Project: Nutrient removal and capacity expansion at Kent County Regional Resource Recovery Facility
Details: Increases capacity from 16 million gallons to 20 millions gallons per day      
Status: Complete
Cost: $24 million


Fort Pierce
Project: Veterans Memorial Park stormwater improvements
Details: Treating stormwater runoff and discharge entering the Indian River Lagoon
Status: Funded by Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Award: $800,000

Project: Draa Field Stormwater Park improvements
Details: A four-acre stormwater pond discharges through a wetland, providing more treatment and nutrient uptake before reaching the Indian River Lagoon.
Status: Grants awarded by Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Cost: $1.1 million

Lake City
Project: Ichetucknee Springshed water quality improvement
Details: Converts a portion of Lake City's wastewater plant spray fields into treatment wetlands
Status: Ribbon-cutting ceremony held
Cost: $4 million


Washington County
Project: Enhanced nutrient removal upgrade
Details: Overhaul at Conococheague Wastewater Treatment Plant features BioMag technology
Status: Groundbreaking held
Cost: $23.7 million
Contractor: HRI Bridge Co.


Project: Wastewater upgrades
Details: Upgrades won the 2016 Quality of Life Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers
Status: Complete
Cost: $11 million


Project: New wastewater treatment plant
Details: Will add updated technology, better odor control and improved discharge into Yellowstone River
Status: Going to bid in December and construction slated for next spring
Cost: $65 million
Contractor: HDR Engineering

New Mexico

Las Cruces
Project: Solar panel farm
Details: The project will reduce energy consumption at the East Mesa Water Reclamation Facility
Status: Board approved, installation expected in spring of 2017
Cost: $1.7 million

Project: Expansion of Farmington Wastewater Treatment Plant
Details: Final phase began with work at inlet head
Status: Construction began in August
Cost: $22 million


Halton Region
Project: Expansion of Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant
Details: Addition of a sand filtration process, lab facility and increased capacity
Status: Grand opening held
Cost: $158 million

Milestone: 75th anniversary celebration
Details: Unveiling of a plaque and staff recognition event acknowledging the employees who have run the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant since 1941.


Project: Upgrades to plant on Fritz Island
Details: Aims to meet state environmental requirements by replacing old structures with up-to-date components
Status: Loan approved, construction slated to start this winter
Cost: $148 million

Project: Wastewater treatment plant upgrade
Details: Added new treatment units to reduce nitrogen pollution by 90 percent and suspended solids by almost 50 percent
Status: Ribbon-cutting ceremony held
Cost: $50 million


Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Project: Upgrade of the installation’s wastewater treatment plant
Details: Plant now meets discharge requirements going into the future to protect Puget Sound water quality, and is capable of treating effluent to Class A drinking water standards.
Status: Ribbon-cutting ceremony held
Cost: $91 million

West Virginia

Project: Upgraded wastewater treatment plant
Details: Will have positive impact on water quality in Tuscarora and Opequon creeks
Status: Ribbon-cutting ceremony held
Cost: $53.5 million


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