Archive for Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Sewer plant nearly ready to go online

February 23, 2005

Tonganoxie's estimated $4.2 million wastewater treatment facility is closing in on completion.

"Things are going pretty well," said Kent Heskett, the city's utilities superintendent. "Hopefully we'll be running wastewater through the new plant within the next month."

Workers are finishing electrical work and taking care of some last-minute items with pump controls. Manufacturers also need to conduct start-up work on some equipment before the plant opens.

"That takes a little time coordinating with people coming from different parts of the country," Heskett said.

The new plant, being built near the existing plant at 1536 E. Fourth St., can process 750,000 gallons of waste per day. The previous plant, built in 1978, had a capacity of 400,000 gallons per day.

BRB Construction, Topeka, is in charge of the plant's upgrade.

Costs for material and labor start at $2.4 million, while an additional $924,000 was used to purchase equipment for the project.

The Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing granted the city $400,000 from its block-grant program.

The remaining $3.8 million will be financed through KDHE's reconstruction loan fund.

Final costs for the project won't be concrete until the project is completed. At that time, the loan repayment will go into effect -- 20 years with a 3.08 percent interest rate.

City officials and contractors will discuss the plant's progress at 10:30 a.m. March 3 at the wastewater plant. The meeting is open to the public.

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