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RECENT CHEMICAL BID REPORTS
Uniontown WWTP has Problems
State Environmental Agents are in Uniontown of Perry County monitoring every step of corrective actions after fecal matter allegedly spewed into major creeks and tributaries of the Black Warrior River.
Local health officials say they traced the contamination to Uniontown's wastewater treatment facility that often overflows into Cottonwood Creek. Farmers had complained about discolored water from which their livestock were drinking.
In a statement, the ADEM said the "the negative water quality impacts were documented for a distance of nearly 20 miles downstream from the city of Uniontown wastewater treatment plant. The seriousness of the discharge prompted ADEM to submit a request to the courts for a Temporary Restraining order to be issued to Uniontown."
San Carlos WWTP Requesting Bids
Bids are due June 5, 2012 for rehabilitation of the existing Peridot Sewer Lift Station at the San Carlos Wastewater Treatment Plant south of Peridot on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation.
For more information go to:http://www.wmicentral.com/public_notices/local_legal/advertisement-for-bids-san-carlos-apache-tribe/article_d46f8052-988b-11e1-93c3-0019bb2963f4.html
Santa Barbara Requesting Bids for WWTP Pumps
Bids are due June 14, 2012 for influent pump replacement for the El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plant.
For more information go to:http://www.ebidboard.com/public/projects/showproject.asp?mbrguid=%7B86D847EA-9243-404B-9F27-D79E6BF09BD3%7D&projectguid=%7B16E8BF67-B6E5-4908-9B31-491F230D1F9E%7D
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$250 Million for Palo Alto WWTP Rehab
The Palo Alto's sewage-treatment operation has long been a source of embarrassment. The city is pursuing a long-term plan to retire incinerators at the Regional Water Quality Control Plant.
Pal Alto is one of the last in the state to use incinerators to destroy its sewage sludge. The largely obsolete technology produces hazardous ash containing copper, which has to be shipped to a landfill.
Public Works staff and consultants are preparing an ambitious long-range plan for the Regional Water Quality Control plant, which provides services to Palo Alto, Mountain View, Stanford University, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and the East Palo Alto Sanitary District. The goal of the document is to create a roadmap for scrapping the 40-year-old technology and for replacing it with one that converts waste into energy.
The documents state that repairs and replacements will "require a significant investments in the next 15 years." Phil Bobel, assistant director of public works, estimated that renovating the wastewater plant and replacing the aged equipment could cost as much as $250 million. Meeting potential federal and state regulations -- including new requirements for recycled-water use, incineration limits, and air-emissions regulations -- could add another $150 million to the price. The cost would be split among the partner agencies and would likely be funded through either a bond or a low-interest state loan, Bobel said.
Bobel and Jamie Allen, manager of the plant, both said the existing equipment is showing signs of extreme wear and has exceeded its design life. "Renovation and rehabilitation is needed," Bobel said. "You can't mess around with a facility like this. It needs to operate 24/7."
While safety is one factor, the environment is another. The report notes that "the public has expressed concern over use of an incineration process." Therefore, the recommendation of this LRFP (Long Range Facilities Plan) is to retire the existing incineration process as soon as a new solids process can be selected and implemented."
Bobel said the future of the regional plant is "resource recovery from wastewater." The draft report identifies several options for extracting energy from sewage sludge. Gasification is one being considered. Allen said the process is long established but it's new in the United States when it comes to sewage-sludge treatment.
The other option is wet anaerobic digestion. Palo Alto is already considering building an anaerobic digester to process local food waste and yard trimmings. The project, which has split the environmental community, received a major boost last November, when voters approved the "undedication" of a 10-acre site in the Baylands to accommodate the new facility.
The council did not take any action on the plan, though several members said they were excited about the movement to replace the aged equipment at the plant. Bobel said staff would try to blend the two projects and return to the City Council in July with a schedule for moving forward. He said the long-range plan for the regional wastewater plant is necessary to create a "path" for moving forward on the needed upgrades.
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$5.4 Million for Angels Camp WWTP Improvement Project
A $5.4 million, 10-year plant for major updates to the city of Angels wastewater system is being considered by Angels Camp officials.
The proposed wastewater master plan, designed by the firm of Nolte Vertical Five of Manteca, offers several major recommendations to help improve the city’s sewer and wastewater treatment systems. The firm cited more than 19,000 feet of pipes as under-performing or deficient, which means that the water flow is more than the capacity of what the pipe can support. However, not all of the pipe marked as under-performing would require replacement.
In addition to the rehabilitation of select portions of piping, Nolte Vertical Five also recommended construction of a grit chamber at the headworks of the wastewater treatment plant in order to reduce amounts of sand and gravel in the wastewater treatment process, an additional sludge drying area, the construction of a biosolids stockpile area, building an office on-site with a classroom space to ensure proper and consistent training of employees, the installation of an influent intake meter, and the hiring of a supervisor to resolve overlap between wastewater and water management staff.
The total improvements would cost $5.4 million over the next 10 years, with spending ranging from $400,000 to $1 million per year, depending on the project.
The wastewater master plan was presented to the City Council earlier this month. No action was taken.
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$5.8 Million for Galt Sewer Project
A Sacramento company has been awarded a $4.4 million bid to construct a new replacement pump station and sewer main pipeline in Galt. The work recently approved by the city council is necessary due to an aging system that is nearly at capacity.
The $5.8 million project has already been budgeted and will be paid for using already collected wastewater treatment funds. The other costs are for consultant services and contingencies.
Currently, all raw sewage is sent to a 30 plus-year-old pump station before being pumped through an aging 16-inch concrete pipe 2 1/2 miles north to the wastewater treatment plant, according to Interim Public Works Director Richard Prima.
The new project will allow the city to expand by providing more capacity ahead of future population growth.
Marques Pipeline, Inc., was the lowest bidder of 16 construction bids received by the city in March.
"The $4 million is quite a bit lower than what was originally budgeted," Prima said, adding that the entire project was originally budgeted at $8 million.
EPA, Connecticut Compromise on Wastewater Flowing into River
A recent meeting between state officials, the regional administrator for the federal Environmental Protection Agency and four Connecticut towns appears to have yielded some compromise on the amount of phosphorous allowed in treated wastewater flowing into rivers.
Dennis Schain, a spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said the meeting between agency officials, EPA Region Administrator Curt Spalding and officials from Wallingford, Southington, Meriden and Danbury "was a positive and productive discussion."
"It focused on two critical topics," Schain said of the meeting. "We considered how we can best move forward to revitalize Connecticut’s waterways by removing excess phosphorus from wastewater discharges and the most realistic strategies for accomplishing that goal."
The towns have been asking DEEP for some kind of compromise in implementing the standards, which officials of the communities have said are financially unwieldy and would force large rate increases on residents’ water and sewer bills.
Wallingford needs at least $19 million in improvements to the wastewater treatment plant to meet the more stringent phosphorous guidelines, which would result in a 32 percent increase in sewer rates for residents.
These agreements would give towns up to nine years to meet the standard and allow for the opportunity to make adjustments if conditions change.
There is also legislation pending before Connecticut lawmakers that would change provisions of the Clean Water Fund formula. If the legislation is approved, money for upgrades used to reduce phosphorus levels would be eligible for a mix of financing: 30 percent grants and 70 percent loans rather than the current 20-80 formula.
Moultrie Wastewater Plans Move Forward
The city of Moultrie has taken the next step toward the expansion of its wastewater treatment facility.
The proposed project includes the addition of a new oxidation ditch treatment system and settling basins as well as new operator facilities. The facility will be constructed on property owned by the city, located west of the existing wastewater treatment plant.
The expansion will increase the capacity and produce cleaner effluent, which will be discharged into the Ochlockonee River. The latter is important to keep the city within environmental standards.
City Utilities Director Roger King said the plan will have to clear an extensive environmental review. He expects to put it out for bids in February 2013. "Hopefully we’ll be starting construction this time next year," he told the council.
New Bar Screen for Fulton Wastewater Treatment Plant
Fulton City officials are taking steps to ensure a safer environment for employees at the wastewater treatment plant.
Aldermen approved the purchase of installation and equipment for a new bar screen for the plant. Currently the screen is a hazard, according to Public Works Director Dan Clark. The screen has been out of service for approximately three years, according to Clark. It poses a serious safety threat to employees who must climb two stories underground several times daily to manually clean the bar screen where the influent enters the plant.
Equipment for the bar screen will be purchased from JWC Environmental, a company based in Costa Mesa, CA, with a local office in Elgin, IL. The cost for equipment will be $151,800. MSI Fabrication & Construction in Camanche will install the screen for $16,305.
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Fayetteville Will Build New Wastewater Treatment Plant
U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello announced that the village of Fayetteville will receive a grant of $705,000 and a loan of $1 million through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development to build a new wastewater treatment plant.
Mayor Brian Funk said officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be at Monday night's meeting to explain the next steps in the process to get the project under construction. The village has been working on getting the upgrade for about four years already, he said.
Indianapolis Begins $180 Million Sewer Project
For decades, heavy rains have led to the discharge of raw sewage into the White River as Indianapolis' antiquated combined storm and wastewater sewer system was overwhelmed.
Faced with the threat of fines from the Environmental Protection Agency, the city and Citizens Energy Group announced work has begun on the long-awaited Deep Rock Tunnel Connector project.
"It will keep billions of gallons of raw sewage out of our city's water," said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
The eight-mile long underground storage tunnel will stretch from the Southport Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant on the south side to just south of downtown Indianapolis.
"Just a quarter inch of rain will overflow raw sewage into the White River and Fall Creek and other local streams as well," said Carey Lykins, president and CEO of Citizens Energy Group, which bought the city's water system last year. "This is an intolerable condition. This is something you would expect to see in a third world country, not in a first class city such as Indianapolis so we're going to fix that."
A giant boring machine will carve out a tunnel 20 feet in diameter 250 feet below ground. There the sewage will be stored until storms and runoff pass, allowing the Citizens' wastewater treatment plants to reach capacity and treat the water before it’s discharged into the river.
$16.9 Million for Le Mars WWTP Expansion
The Le Mars City Council is seeking citizens' comments on a plan to expand the city's wastewater treatment capacity, which could cost about $16.9 million. The existing Le Mars Wastewater Treatment Plant is at or near its capacity.
According to the plans, a new separate industrial wastewater treatment plant would be built near the existing wastewater facility on the northwestern edge of Le Mars.
A public hearing on the proposal is set for the May 15 council meeting. After the hearing, the council will decide whether to approve the plan and an engineering contract with Bolton & Menk, of Ames, for the project.
According to city estimates residential and commercial user loads are projected to increase about 22 percent within the next 20 years. Of more immediate concern is that Le Mars' major industries are predicting increases in production in the next 10 years, which would also mean more wastewater. The new plant would treat primarily wastewater from two industrial plants to the south, the Dean Foods milk plant and Wells Enterprises' south ice cream plant.
The proposed new industrial treatment plant would be an activated sludge plant, the same kind of plant as the current Le Mars wastewater facility. Having a new plant would reduce the load on the existing plant, which would continue to be used by everyone else, including residential and commercial users. Treated wastewater from the two plants would be combined and sent into Floyd River, as is done with current treated water.
The existing wastewater plant was built in 1958. It has been expanded and renovated seven times, including the latest 2004 renovation.
Along with building a new treatment plant, an additional earthen basin to store digested biosolids would need to be added. In addition, other updates need to be made to the existing wastewater plant to keep it up to regulations.
Harveyville Gets Grant to Repair WWTP
Harveyville, recovering from a February tornado has received a grant to repair its wastewater treatment system and remove storm debris.
The state Commerce Department said the nearly $246,000 awarded to Harveyville comes from the Community Development Block Grant program.
About 40 percent of the buildings in Harveyville sustained significant damage when an EF-2 tornado struck the Waubansee County town of about 300 people on Feb. 28.
Kansas officials say the grant will help finance repairs to the water treatment system's pump house building, alarm dialer and other components.
$43 Million Approved by State for Wastewater Projects
The Maryland Board of Public Works approved $43 million in grants to local jurisdictions for clean water and Chesapeake Bay projects in the last two months.
Administered by the Maryland Department of the Environment, the projects are part of an ongoing effort to improve water quality for Marylanders and reduce nutrients in the Bay.
"We’ve updated 67 of the largest wastewater treatment plants" in the state so far, said Jay Apperson, the environment department's deputy director in the office of communications.
State funding comes from the Bay Restoration Fund, which is paid for by the "flush tax." The 2012 General Assembly passed legislation that doubled the tax to $30 per year for septic users and $2.50 per month for public water users.
Allegheny County: more than $1 million to City of Cumberland for sewer overflow storage facility.
Anne Arundel County: $5.4 million for Broadwater Water Reclamation Facility; $90,455 for Peach Orchard Stormwater Management; and $345,000 Rhode River/Cheston Point Living Shorelines.
Baltimore City: $2.5 million for the Montebello Reservoir Cover Project.
Harford County: over $33 million for Sod Run Wastewater Treatment Plant; and $2.6 million for Joppatowne Wastewater Treatment Plant.
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$38.7 Million Approved for Back River Wastewater Upgrades
The Board of Estimates has awarded $45 million in contracts with the largest expenditure for the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The Baltimore County Board of Estimates recently approved a $38,667,000 contract to Ulliman Schutte Construction Co. to improve sludge digester facilities at the sewage plant in eastern Baltimore County.
The Ohio-based company beat out local builder Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. and Virginia-based Fru-Con Construction, which has done $117 million worth of work at the Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant, to win the award. There were four other bidders, whose prices ranged up to $3.5 million higher than the accepted bid.
The major cost ($24.2 million) will be for an acid phase reactor, with another $10 million allocated for upgrades to the high-rate digester and GBT (Gravity Belt Thickener) facilities.
These improvements will reduce the amount of sludge going into Back River.
Patrick-Murray Administration Awards Nearly $418 Million to Fund Wastewater/Drinking Water Infrastructure Projects
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection issued the following news release:
The Patrick-Murray Administration announced that 90 projects across the Commonwealth are eligible to receive two percent interest loans to fund construction and planning projects designed to improve water quality, upgrade or replace aging wastewater infrastructure and cut energy use and costs.
The Commonwealth is offering low-cost State Revolving Fund (SRF) financing to 71 communities throughout Massachusetts to fund projects implemented by cities and towns, regional water supply and wastewater treatment districts, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). The projects include 55 clean water initiatives totaling more than $303 million and 35 drinking water projects totaling nearly $115 million. Communities offered SRF funding in this round must decide to move forward with the project by June 30 and secure local funding authority.
In accordance with MassDEP's Clean Energy Results Program, 38 of the 90 projects, or $124 million of the total $418 million, are for green infrastructure projects or green components of projects. Those projects would involve energy efficiency upgrades to treatment plants and the on-site installation of renewable energy technologies for solar and wind power.
This funding round also provides $6.44 million in loan principle forgiveness on $220 million in loans for 36 construction and planning projects in 25 municipalities, which are considered Environmental Justice (EJ) communities with below average Median Household Income levels.
This year, the Clean Water SRF funds 14 planning and 41 construction projects, such as wastewater treatment facilities and upgrades to existing sewer systems.
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Wastewater Plant on Norton's Capital Request List
Voters will have the opportunity to approve a list of capital improvement items including approximately $31,000 needed for a new flight grinder pump replacement and auto pit evacuator for the sewer department. The sewer department also needs an additional $150,000 to conduct a clean water report.
Detroit Requesting Bids for WWTP Upgrade
Bids are due June 21, 2012 for the consolidated process and control system upgrades for the wastewater system.
For more information go to:www.h2bid.com/procurement-notice-161869.html
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Allegan Wastewater Plant to Receive $1.5 Million Upgrade
The third storage tank at the Allegan Wastewater Treatment plant may be put to use for the first time since 2009 later this year. The tank does not currently meet the plant’s quality standards; however, that will change with a $1.5-million update.
Grand Rapids-based Owen Ames Kimball will construct the upgrades, which will allow the tank to treat sewage without using any chemicals. The wastewater plant has not used any chemicals in its primary treatment process in more than a year.
The upgrade will increase plant capacity and provide back-up redundancy, Plant Superintendent Doug Sweeris said.
A public hearing is set for May 14 to discuss an improvement plan for the plant.
The plan includes adding a second septage receiving station, a second UV disinfection system, a mechanical sludge thickening system, a mixing system for an underground storage tank, odor control measures and relocating a pump.
The first portion of the plan is set for 2013 and estimated at $1.1 million.
Summit Considers Building New WWTP
A new water rate study presented to Summit officials recently suggests bills will not rise as sharply as previously thought to pay for a wastewater treatment project.
Summit faces two options and a tight deadline to correct its sewage treatment problems. They must decide to either pump sewage to McComb's treatment plant or build their own activated sludge plant.
Summit officials would prefer the town be allowed to build a plant, saying it would be cheaper than sending sewage to McComb.
$53 Million for Independence WWTP Upgrade
The Independence Wastewater Treatment Plant will be putting out even cleaner water thanks to a facilities upgrade officially begun in May. The project has two main parts:
"This is a very important milestone for the district," said Greg Boettcher, executive director of the Little Blue Valley Sewer District.
Officials hope to have the work done in 2014. They say it will create the equivalent of about 190 jobs, and they said they give a preference to local contractors and other local businesses.
The $53 million project, awarded to Whiting-Turner of Kansas City, came in below the estimated cost of $62 million. The district also is taking advantage of federally subsidized Build America Bond, part of the federal economic stimulus package of 2009.
The district covers most of Eastern Jackson County and beyond – a 278-square-mile area with 13 cities from Independence and Sugar Creek to Blue Springs, Raytown, Lee’s Summit, Grandview, Belton and the Raymore area. The district has existed for more than 40 years, created in response to the need to manage what was flowing into the Little Blue River.
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Pleasant Hope Requesting bids for WWTP Improvement Project
Christian Construction Co. Inc. is now accepting bids from qualified Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises, contractors or material suppliers for the Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements - disinfection improvements project for the city of Pleasant Hope.
Plans and specs are available for review at Olsson Associates, 550 St. Louis St, Springfield, MO 65806.
Bids are due in our office no later than 1:00 PM DST, May 18, 2012. Contact Eldon Harmon for more information or go to:http://bolivarmonews.com/public_notices/legals-for-issue-of/article_ad054570-9457-11e1-a892-0019bb2963f4.html
$12 Million for WWTP Project in Conway
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen has announced a $12,093,000 package of grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a wastewater treatment project in Conway. The award will fully fund the construction of a pipeline from Conway Village's wastewater plant to one in North Conway that has the capacity to take on additional treatment.
The village’s current wastewater facility is operating at capacity and uses outdated technology that does not treat the water it discharges into the Saco River for nitrogen and phosphorous. The state of New Hampshire has placed a moratorium on building permits in Conway Village due to a lack of adequate wastewater treatment capacity.
"With the construction of the new pipeline supported by this award, Conway will be able to lift a building moratorium that has placed a stranglehold on its economy. At the same time, the Saco River’s natural habitat will be protected, ensuring that it remains a popular tourist destination and important piece of the local economy."
Sayreville Seeks Money to Compensate for Odors Problems at WWTP
Sayreville’s borough’s legal counsel plans to renegotiate its contract with the Middlesex County Utilities Authority (MCUA) after receiving complaints about odors possibly emanating from the agency’s wastewater facility.
The contract, which requires the MCUA to pay $288,000 each quarter as a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) to the borough, expires in December 2013, but Borough Attorney Michael DuPont is already in negotiations with MCUA officials. Council members requested the PILOT fees be increased due to the effect that permeating odors have on the surrounding area.
Residents of nearby areas of the borough have made public complaints at the last two Borough Council meetings, complaining of foul odors they believe originate from the facility.
To follow up on the problem, Borough Engineer Jay Cornell provided the council with copies of letters sent from the borough to the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Middlesex County Public Health Department, detailing residents’ concerns about the odors. The letters were sent in 2008, and the health department responded with policies and procedures for the filing of complaints.
In response to recent issues, Richard Fitament, executive director of the MCUA, issued a press release on April 30 outlining the agency’s wastewater process and odor control system.
The MCUA provides wastewater treatment formore than 800,000 residents of central New Jersey. According to the release, the facility uses cutting-edge technology to ensure its processes are in compliance with all DEP-issued permits. In addition, the MCUA is currently making $100,000 in improvements to the odor control system. The money will be used to install larger pipes early in the cleaning process, capturing the odors sooner and allowing the filtering process to sort through materials in the air.
"All operations at the MCUA are in full compliance with DEP-issued permits," Fitament said. "This includes the production of … a recycled, organic material designed as a soil additive. Officials from the DEP regularly inspect our site and review our processes to ensure environmental compliance. All of our historical and current experience with [the product in question] has proven that it is a beneficial material."
Blowing Rock Awards Bid for WWTP Improvement Project
Blowing Rock received bids for the wastewater treatment plant improvement Phase II project on March 27, 2012.
The low bidder was Greene Construction Co from McGill Associates for $408,998.
For more information go to:http://www.townofblowingrock.com/supdoc/2012-10.pdf
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Winston-Salem Expands Elledge WWTP
Increased production demands and rising disposal costs prompted the need for an expansion at the Elledge Wastewater Treatment facility in Winston-Salem. The facility services the greater Winston-Salem area, which is growing at a considerable rate.
The facility was using conveyors to move dewatered sludge from their centrifuge to a storage building. From here it was loaded onto trucks and transported to privately owned sites chosen for the city of Winston-Salem Class B Land Application Program.
"Due to higher restrictions on the class B product, reduced land fill space and increased landfill cost Winston-Salem looked for a way to reduce disposal volume and make the product user friendly," says Bruce Casey, Biosolids Drying Facility Plant Supervisor.
The solution was an Andritz biosolids dryer facility, which would turn the dewatered sludge into a marketable Class A, EQ (Exceptional Quality) fertilizer pellet.
Before the conversion to a dual cake-pump system, a conveyor was transporting the dewatered sludge to a storage building. Now conveyors are depositing the sludge into a custom extended hopper.
Andritz planned and completed construction of the dryer building in 2007. It was designed to turn dewatered sludge into dry fertilizer pellets that could be sold to farmers at a profit.
When the sludge arrives in the building it is deposited in a 24-hour storage bin. A second seepex BTE 70-24 sits below the storage bin. Here the dewatered sludge is pumped to a mixer and blended with pellets. The auger forces the material into the compression zone where it is moved into the piping by the cavities formed between the rotor and stator (materials are custom selected for every application). The mixture is then run through the Andritz dryer system. The resulting product is fertilizer pellets.
To summarize, Winston -Salem needed to avoid rising transport and landfill costs. By adding the dryer building, Winston-Salem had effectively turned a cost center into a profit center. By using seepex Progressive Cavity Pumps instead of conveyors they contained the sludge and saved roughly $1,500 in capital costs per foot of conveyor.
"We needed to find a way to reduce cost and with the help of the seepex pumps we now have a system in place which will allow us to maintain economical and eco-friendly water treatment for Winston Salem," says Bruce.
Marietta Has Plan to Reduce Odor from WWTP
For more than two years businesses in the neighborhood of Marietta's wastewater treatment plant have had to deal with an overwhelming odor of raw sludge that emanates daily from the wastewater facility. But following a meeting with local property and business owners recently, city officials are taking some steps they hope will help reduce the problem.
Wastewater superintendent Steve Elliott said city council's water, sewer and sanitation committee has given him permission to try applying a chemical called VX-456 to the unprocessed sludge that has been rolling through the plant since an equipment failure idled two anaerobic digester tanks in January 2010.
"Most of the odor is created during the dewatering process when we're trying to remove water from the sludge," Elliott explained. "We've contacted five other wastewater plants that have had the same problem and they all say this product works and really reduced the smell. "He said the chemical is injected into the sludge feed prior to the dewatering process to help remove the odor.
Neighborhood businesses hope the chemical will make a difference.
Councilman Mike McCauley, D-2nd Ward, and chairman of the water, sewer and sanitation committee, said there have been several complaints about the odor from the hotels and Lafayette Square businesses.
It will cost the city about $7,000 to have the necessary equipment installed and to obtain enough of the VX-456 to do a two-week trial run to see if the chemical application will make a difference.
The trial run is expected to begin in about three weeks.
Elliott said if the process works, it could cost the city up to $70,000 a year to continue the chemical application until new sludge processing equipment can be installed as part of the wastewater treatment plant upgrade that's currently in its first phase.
"Phase 2 will take care of most of the odor problem," he said. "The second phase design is 90 percent complete and we have (Ohio Environmental Protection Agency) approval."
The second phase of the three-phase project is expected to begin later this summer, and design for the third phase is in the early stages.
The entire $20-plus million plant upgrade project is currently slated for completion in April 2015.
Meanwhile, area businesses hope the city can cut down on the odor.
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Wastewater Fund to Help Pay for $464,000 for Heath’s Wastewater Project
Heath's wastewater department is preparing to remove a lift station and increase the efficiency of its sewage treatment.
The two projects will cost an estimated $464,000 and will be paid from the wastewater replacement fund, which currently has about $1.5 million.
The lift station was installed in 1997 to serve the Fox Run addition on the south end of the city. Now, the station also handles nearby industry waste, and Geller is concerned that additional industry could overload the station.
"If the lift station would fail, we could get industrial waste that would back up into a residential area," said Heath Utilities Director John Geller.
The project is in the engineering phase and has an estimated cost of $300,000. The station's elimination should save $2,600 per year in electricity, generator service and maintenance, plus 1,000 worker hours.
Heath will also update its jet aerators, which help clean the liquid or sludge waste. The project will take place later this year and will cost an estimated $164,000. The change should save $10,000 on electricity per year through running only one aerator at a time.
Amber Receives Funding to Enlarge WWTP Capacity
A sewer district that serves the town of Amber has received a grant that will help pay for enlarging its wastewater treatment capacity.
The Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved a $39,500 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) grant for Grady County Rural Water, Sewer and Solid Waste Management District #2, announced J.D. Strong, executive director of the state agency.
The REAP grant will be coupled with a $294,500 Community Development Block Grant and $4,645 in district funds, ledgers reflect. The $338,645 will be earmarked for capital improvements to the district's sewage treatment system.
Blueprints indicate planned improvements include construction of a new secondary treatment lagoon, construction of a new sewage lift station and rehabilitation of the existing lift station.
Grady County #2, which provides both water and sewer service to Amber, has been directed by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality to upgrade its wastewater treatment system to prevent discharges of untreated sewage, records show.
Grady County #2 owns and operates a two-cell total-retention lagoon treatment system.
"Storage and water balance calculations show that an additional 1.15 million gallons of storage would be needed" to comply with Oklahoma Administrative Code regulations, Myers reported.
The new lagoon will encompass one-half acre in surface area and will be 6 feet deep, Myers Engineering said. The new secondary treatment cell will increase the district's total wastewater storage capacity by 25 percent, to 55.5 million gallons of wastewater, Myers said. That's equivalent to a 180-day storage volume for the district's 200 customers, Myers added.
The new lift station will transfer effluent from the existing secondary cell to the new lagoon via more than 1,000 linear feet of new sewer main. New pumps will be installed in the existing lift station, which receives all of the wastewater from Amber and pumps it to the primary wastewater treatment lagoon. In addition, a backup generator will be installed to power the existing lift station in the event of an interruption in electric service.
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Locust Grove Approves Engineering Report for WWTP Project
The Locust Grove Public Works Authority held a special meeting to approve the engineering report by Garver Engineering for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant.
The plan approved will make improvements to the existing wastewater treatment plant at a cost of $3.45 million. The improvements will replace existing equipment. This recommendation is the least expensive of the recommendations made by Garver Engineering.
No final decision has been made on the wastewater treatment plant project. Locust Grove is being ordered by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality to make upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant or build a new one.
Technologies Open World's Largest Municipal Nutrient Recovery Facility
A successful public/private partnership in sustainable technology continues between Clean Water Services and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc. with the unveiling of the world's largest municipal Nutrient Recovery Facility, at the Rock Creek Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility in Hillsboro.
Clean Water Services' Rock Creek Nutrient Recovery Facility uses Ostara's Pearl® Nutrient Recovery Process to capture phosphorus and nitrogen from wastewater and transform them into Crystal Green®, an environmentally-friendly, slow release fertilizer, which is sold locally and throughout the country.
Ostara's Pearl process benefits Clean Water Services and its ratepayers by reducing operations and maintenance costs, increasing plant capacity and providing revenue from the sale of the fertilizer. The combination of cost savings and revenue are projected to pay off the $4.475 million Rock Creek Nutrient Recovery Facility in six years. The recovery of phosphorus and nitrogen from the wastewater stream also helps Clean Water Services meet stringent nutrient limits (the Rock Creek Facility must not exceed 0.1 mg/L of total phosphorus discharge) and further protects the Tualatin Watershed.
The project was also granted an Oregon Department of Energy Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) of $1.12 million which helped fund the facility's construction. The Rock Creek Nutrient Recovery Facility requires one seventh the amount of energy to create 1,200 tons of Crystal Green as it takes to create an equal amount of conventional fertilizer.
Based on the successful operation of Ostara's nutrient recovery technology at Clean Water Services' Durham Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility, installed in 2009, this second installation of the Pearl technology at Rock Creek features two Pearl 2000 fluidized bed reactors. Each reactor will provide four times the capacity of the Pearl 500 reactors installed at Durham. The Pearl 2000 system at Rock Creek will generate a combined capacity of 1,200 tons of Crystal Green fertilizer every year, compared with an annual capacity of 500 tons for the Durham facility. Clean Water Services is now the largest municipal producer of Crystal Green in the world.
$40 Million for Clairton WWTP Expansion
Peters Creek Sanitary Authority approved a long-term agreement paving way for $40 million in expansions to a Clairton wastewater plant that are needed for new housing construction in portions of Washington County.
The authority board unanimously approved the plan with the Clairton Municipal Authority, which is under a state Department of Environmental Protection to expand its plant to accept excessive flows during heavy rain, said Otto Szabo Jr., chairman of the Peters authority.
The authority’s 4,500 customers in Peters, Union and Nottingham townships and Finleyville served by Clairton will experience a significant increase in their wastewater treatment bills to pay for the work. However, the new rates have yet to be set and won’t take place until CMA completes the expansions in three or four years.
The approval by Peters Creek will also set the stage for the DEP to begin reviewing applications by contractors to construct new housing plans in areas served by the Clairton plant.
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$11 Million for Porter-Tower WWTP Upgrade
The Porter-Tower Joint Municipal Authority received $11 million in state funds as part of a $115 million investment in water infrastructure projects throughout the state announced April 25.
The Porter-Tower Joint Municipal Authority received a $6,855,220 low-interest loan and a $4,698,780 grant to build a new wastewater treatment facility and modify existing facilities, eliminating inadequately treated sewage discharge.
"Our plant is hydraulically overloaded," said Wayne Orlick, the authority's superintendent. "With the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative (CBWI) limiting discharges, plants need to be specially equipped and we needed to build a new plant."
Established in 2008, the CBWI provides technical and financial assistance along with strict regulations regarding conservation of local water sources and the Chesapeake Bay. New limits and requirements will go into effect in October 2013.
"Hopefully, we have everything in place by Oct. 1, 2013, to meet the requirements," Orlick said.
The Porter-Tower Joint Municipal Authority provides services to about 1,400 households in Tower City and portions of Porter Township. Orlick said he hopes to start opening the project for bid by mid-May.
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$1-$2 Million for Waverly Township WWTP Improvement Project
Waverly Twp. officials are considering a $1 to $2 million addition to its sewer system to reduce nitrogen discharged into local waterways to better comply with limits set by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
In August, the township launched a pilot program to see if a proposed addition to the treatment plant would reduce nitrogen levels, according to township manager Bill White. The township uses a lagoon-style treatment system that Mr. White said is both efficient and cost-effective. The plant serves about 750 households throughout the township and treats between 250,000 and 300,000 gallons of wastewater each day.
Waverly Twp.'s treatment plant uses a specific type of bacteria to reduce nitrogen levels during the treatment of its wastewater. The plant's nitrogen levels must stay below four parts per million in the warmer months, when the bacteria works very well at reducing nitrogen levels. And though the DEP's nitrogen limit in colder months is 12 parts per million, the Waverly Twp. plant was sometimes discharging treated wastewater containing as much as 14 parts per million.
"That's a violation," Mr. White said. "We've received citations from DEP."
The township's pilot program has been more successful than expected, Mr. White said. The smaller-scale version of the addition, which treats about 1,500 gallons daily, reduced nitrogen levels to less than one part per million.
"The study continues," Mr. White said, adding that he hopes to turn study information over to the DEP by August. "As soon as DEP evaluates the study and we get the approval, we can start construction."
The township has obtained a grant through the state Department of Community and Economic Development to fund two-thirds of the project, up to $1 million. The rest will be paid by the township.
$35 Million for Woonsocket Wastewater Plant Project
A request for proposals to construct upgrades on Woonsocket's wastewater treatment plant has brought forward three bidders for the project, which is moving forward despite requests by members of Woonsocket's legislative delegation that construction be delayed. Veolia Water, CH2MHill, and United Wastewater submitted proposals to design and build the upgrades that are expected to cost the city an estimated $35 million.
Woonsocket is under contract with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to upgrade the plant, decreasing the levels of pollutants discharged into the Blackstone River. Legal, technical and financial teams are now examining the three proposals, and an ordinance authorizing the selected bidder to begin work is expected to come before the City Council this June.
The current deadline for the project is January of 2015.
A draft plan for the upgrades was submitted to DEM in March, but according to Public Works Director Sheila McGauvran, they have kept many aspects of the project open in order to allow the contractor maximum flexibility in regards to materials and cost. "We wanted to allow these teams some creativity," McGauvran explained. "Because there's different techniques that could be used, we didn't want to lock in one. We really need to do this at the lowest possible cost."
The project is being financed with the help of low interest loans from Clean Water Action for $4 million and $26 million and the City Council has already approved the corresponding rise in sewer rates.
The Cumberland Hill Road facility is currently owned by the city of Woonsocket and operated by Veolia.
Jonesboro Wastewater Treatment Work to Begin
Construction of a $5.5 million expansion of Jonesborough’s wastewater treatment plant will get under way Monday and continue through next spring.
Representatives of USDA Rural Development, the Washington County Economic Development Council and Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge joined Jonesborough officials to ceremoniously break ground on the project Friday at the sewer plant located just off West Main Street at the end of Britt Drive.
Jonesborough Mayor Kelly Wolfe called it a big day in Jonesborough history as the first spades of dirt were turned to mark the start of construction of two new 500,000-gallon wastewater treatment basins. "This is going to triple our capacity for growth of our industrial park," Wolfe said.
Robert Reynolds, CEO of the Washington County Economic Development Council, said wastewater infrastructure is critical to a community’s ability to recruit new industry. "When we’re talking to people about bringing development, sewer is always the first question. It all starts with sewer and sewer is what allows us to bring development and jobs to Jonesborough," Reynolds said.
Eldridge said, "There’s no doubt, creating jobs is our number one priority. This is a key element. It will add employers and create investment."
The project is being funded through about $2.2 million in grants from USDA Rural Development and about $1.5 million in Rural Development loans. The Appalachian Regional Commission also provided a $500,000 grant for the expansion.
"It’s an expensive project," Wolfe said. "We really went after the grant funding and we are so fortunate to have been successful in reducing our costs by over $2 million."
Joe Woody, area director for Rural Development said, "I’m glad to see it going in the ground."
"We have another 40-year-old loan (to Jonesborough) that’s about to be paid off and I look forward to seeing this one paid off in about 40 more years," Woody said.
Judy Construction will serve as senior project manager for the expansion. Construction is scheduled to begin Monday and projected to be complete in May of next year.
Houston Requesting Bids for WWTP Rehab Project
Bids are due June 5, 2012 for the Cinco Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant trunkline rehabilitation.
For more information go to:www.h2bid.com/procurement-notice-161829.html
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Bee Cave Requesting Bids for WWTP Project
Bids are due June 14, 2012 for the 100 acre feet treated effluent pond and lift station project.
For more information go to:www.h2bid.com/procurement-notice-161838.html
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$12 Million for Galleria WWTP Project
The Bee Cave Planning and Zoning Commission has voted to recommend approval of a development plat for the West Travis County Public Utility Agency's proposed effluent storage pond and wastewater treatment facility set for construction. The plat will go before the City Council for final action.
The current facilities are approaching capacity, at which point no more connections can be approved. This could happen as early as 2014.
As proposed, the project is expected to cost up to $12 million.
Emmett Faces Critical Sewer Bond Vote
Residents of Emmett will vote on a $2 million sewer bond in May, that if passed will go to repair a facility that has not worked in nearly three years. The EPA is involved telling the city to fix the problem or pay a fine.
Emmett has a new wastewater treatment facility but cannot use it, instead the city is using its old wastewater ponds built in the 1960s.
Every month the city uses that pond instead of its new facility it faces potential EPA fines of over $2 million.
In August of 2009, 10 months after the new wastewater treatment facility went online, there were problems that forced it to shut down. That forced the city to go back to an older, less efficient technology in the wastewater ponds.
Every day the pond spews out three million gallons of dark green, algae-filled water into the Payette River. Every day it does that, the city violates 60 EPA regulations. The EPA is working with the city to resolve the problem and as long as the city is moving forward the EPA will not enforce the fines.
A $2 million bond if passed will pay for the repair.
"If the bond passes, that will allow us to borrow money at a lower rate, which will not increase rates," said Butticci. "If they vote 'no,' we're still going to have to make the repairs, it just means that we're going to have to go find an alternate funding source to make the repair at probably a higher rate."
If the bond passes, Butticci hopes to repair the facility before this winter. If it does not pass, the city will take a few months to secure funding, and then repair the wastewater treatment facility sometime next year.
Cornwall Breaks Ground on WWTP Upgrades
Significant upgrades are now underway at the Cornwall Wastewater Treatment Plant thanks to a funding partnership between the federal, provincial and municipal governments.
Improvements to the existing facility and the addition of three new buildings for filtering and screening will provide enhanced disinfection and treatment services. These upgrades will enable Cornwall to better protect the environment and ensure the health and safety of residents while creating local jobs. The project is expected to be completed by April 2014.
The Government of Canada is providing up to $18.5 million through the Green Infrastructure Fund toward eligible project costs. The Province of Ontario has already contributed $18.5 million. The City of Cornwall will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of $55.5 million.
United Water Selected to Operate and Maintain WWTP Assets for Nassau County
United Water, a subsidiary of Suez Environment, has been selected by Nassau County, NY to professionally operate, maintain and improve the wastewater treatment assets of the county. The company will now partner with Nassau County officials to select an investor that will assist the county in reducing its debt and improving its wastewater system through investments in infrastructure. Subject to final approval by the Nassau County Legislature, this arrangement will ensure recurring savings for Nassau County and create the nation's largest public-private partnership.
When the arrangement is completed, United Water will operate and maintain three wastewater treatment plants, 53 pumping stations and 3,000 miles of pipes, as well as manage and deliver capital upgrades. It is expected that the company will begin operating and improving the facilities in early 2013. The objectives will include a strong focus on environmental performance and an improvement to the services delivered to 1 million people in Nassau County. It will focus on delivering excellent service, as well as protecting shorelines and waterways as a precious resource for Nassau County's future generations.
The company has experience operating large water and wastewater systems through public-private partnerships. It has managed the city of Indianapolis' wastewater system and the West Basin Water Reclamation Plant near Los Angeles since 1994. United Water also owns and operates large water systems throughout the New York City Metropolitan area.
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Veolia Water Signs Partnership Contract with New York City
Veolia Water has signed a partnership contract with New York City to optimize its public water and wastewater services.
Veolia Water's new model innovates by extending the scope of the assignments awarded to the private operator as well as using different types of contracts (performance-based contracts and project management assistance).
In Phase 1, which is already under way, an evaluation of the performance of the existing water and wastewater systems is being conducted and will result in recommendations being made to improve performance and reduce operating costs. Once this phase is completed, New York City will decide whether or not to appoint Veolia Water to carry out Phase 2, which is to implement the recommendations. For the four years of Phase 2 (renewable for a further two years at the decision of the public authority), New York City will call on the expertise and know-how of Veolia Water to optimize the performance of the water and wastewater services, improving their productivity and efficiency levels. The services will continue to be managed directly by New York City using its own personnel.
Veolia Water will work hand in hand with the public authority's employees and assist them in order to improve operational performance and reduce costs.
The contract would enable the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to achieve annual savings of between $100 to $200 million on operation and maintenance costs, which represents a budget of $1.2 billion. The services are used by 9 million people, of which 8 million live in New York City.
This optimization of operating methods will improve the quality of service while at the same time training the existing workforce and reducing bills for users. Veolia Water will be compensated on the basis of savings achieved and documented.
Estimated overall revenue from the contract could amount to $36 million.
The contract signed with New York City is a good illustration of the new types of partnerships that Veolia Water wants to offer public decision-makers: they enable municipal departments to benefit from the experience of Veolia Water to improve the performance of their services and recommend new technical, technological and logistical solutions, while keeping environmental risks under control and reducing operating costs.
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In-Pipe Technology Awarded Contract for Lagoon Treatment Project
In-Pipe Technology Company has announced that the city of Spring Valley, IL has awarded it a contract to provide green sewage lagoon treatment services to optimize lagoon performance and efficiency by reducing lagoon sludge and the frequency of dredging events.
The main objective of the project is to maximize bioremediation in the lagoon thereby reducing the amount of material that will have to be dredged, dewatered, and hauled away.
In-Pipe has similar projects in Alaska, Florida, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Utah."
In-Pipe microbes can accelerate the treatment process under aerobic or anaerobic conditions. By reducing accumulated sludge volumes up to 85 percent, In-Pipe Technology extends the intervals between dredging events. Additional benefits are seen in improved BNR, a reduction of odors and collection system degradation.
In-Pipe’s traditional lagoon service will be complimented with the addition of a low-energy mixer. This low-energy mixer will aid the In-Pipe microbes to reach the lower, compacted portions of the lagoon which will result in enhanced reduction of the organics remaining in the lagoon.
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Hill International on Program Management Team for SRCSD’s Wastewater Project
Engineering, in association with Hill, has received a contract from the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (SRCSD) to provide program management services in connection with the first phase of SRCSD's $2 billion Advanced Wastewater Treatment Program.
"We are honored to be a major sub-consultant on the Brown and Caldwell/HDR team and we look forward to helping make this program a success for SRCSD," said Michael B. Smith, Hill's Senior Vice President and Western Regional Manager.
The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District provides regional wastewater conveyance and treatment services to residential, industrial and commercial customers throughout unincorporated Sacramento County; the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Sacramento and West Sacramento; and the communities of Courtland and Walnut Grove. The wastewater travels through 168 miles of interceptor pipelines to the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Elk Grove, where approximately 150 MGD of wastewater are treated and safely discharged into the Sacramento River.
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In-Pipe Technology Announces approval of NYSERDA Project in Suffolk County
In-Pipe Technology® Company, Inc. announced that the NYSERDA Research Program Manager approved for public release the final report detailing the impact of In-Pipe’s professional, green sewer collection system services on the energy consumption and cost reduction at two separate Suffolk County, NY wastewater treatment plants. In-Pipe’s technology was studied over a period of three years at two locations; a primarily industrial park wastewater treatment plant (Sewer District # 18 – ITT) and a domestic wastewater treatment plant (Sewer District # 20 – Leisure village). The report documents the reduction in energy utilization by the facilities, the reduction in the influent organic loadings at the plants, and the significant reduction in the effluent nitrogen discharged to the percolation filters prevalent in Suffolk County.
The collaborative project was funded by NYSERDA and Suffolk County. A major focus of the project was the improvement of effluent quality, particularly nitrogen compounds since Suffolk County has a large number of small wastewater treatment plants (< 2 MGD) that discharge into infiltration basins and could potentially affect the drinking water aquifer. Utilizing In-Pipe, energy reductions of over 14 percent and 23 percent were realized for the two treatment plants.
In-Pipe’s patented technology includes the continuous addition of a high concentration formulation of facultative, naturally-occurring, non-pathogenic bacteria to strategic locations throughout the sewer system in accordance with an engineered plan. This entails zero capital cost and no additional energy requirement. Performance in the collection system provides increased capacity within the plant, forestalls costly upgrades, and extends the life of the existing infrastructure.
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