Wastewater basin project under way

October 11, 2012 — By Photo by Dave Schultz

Workmen from the James S. Jackson Co. of Bluffton, at center of the photo, review work done thus far at one of the two holding bins now being constructed at the city’s wastewater treatment plant, 702 N. Main St. Greg Castilow, superintendent of the plant, said workers found groundwater just under the concrete floor of the old treatment basin, which has slowed down the conversion process. When it is completed, the city will have between 3 and 5 million gallons of capacity to store water. In the event of significant rainfall, when stormwater in sanitary sewer lines could overwhelm the wastewater plant, the city will be able to store the water until it can be treated. Included in the $1.7 million project is an ultraviolet light treatment facility which will allow the city to cut down on its use of chlorine.

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