By Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA — It was a moment long in the making, revealing the new water treatment plant design to commissioners, city leaders, and residents in attendance at Thursday’s commission work session at the government complex.
“I never thought we’d get here,” said Bob Yoxthimer, a long-time city consultant with CDM Smith (Camp, Dresser, and McKee-Smith) an engineering, construction, and operations firm, of the milestone moment. One that brings the city of Piqua that much closer to a much needed new water treatment plant.
Why? For a number of reasons as outlined by Yoxthimer including the current water treatment plant’s age, constructed in 1925 puts it at 89 years, and located in a flood plain.
The current plant on SR 66 also fails to meet the Ohio EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) capacity and redundancy requirements, among other issues including chemical storage and handling practices, and regulatory requirements.
The mission and challenge, according to Yoxthimer, was to design a 6.75-mgd (million gallons per day) facility that could be easily expanded to 9-mgd, if necessary. A design that would require minimal operator attention, be easily maintained, along with mitigating atrazine, a widely used weed killer, as well as, taste and odor issues.
“Also a facility that adds value to the community,” continued Yoxthimer as he presented the conceptual drawing of the new water treatment plant to be located just north of the current plant. The new plant will consist of a northern chemical building, flocculation basins (where chemicals are added) and sedimentation basins, with the southern portion a filter building and administration building, among other features.
However, when ground will be broken is still an estimate as the design is currently in the hands of the EPA, waiting approval, with an estimated time of putting the project out to bid into late summer of this year. This sets the estimated schedule for construction beginning in November and ending in May 2017. The price tag from water treatment plant, pump stations, pipelines, and based on Ohio EPA plan approval, is estimated at $39,500,000.
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