Officials to Break Ground on $62 Million in Improvements to Missouri Wastewater Treatment Facility

Project to upgrade existing treatment facilities, increase biosolids-handling capabilities, improve liquid treatment process and provide better odor control

Ground will be broken on Jan. 14 for a $62 million construction project that aims to improve the Columbia Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Federal, state and local officials will participate in a formal ceremony to announce the project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. As part of the Act, Missouri received $146 million for drinking water and wastewater projects.

The project is expected to create 58 new jobs when construction starts later this month. Completion of the project is projected for the summer of 2012.

The construction project will upgrade existing treatment facilities, increase biosolids-handling capabilities, improve the liquid treatment process and provide better odor control.

Included in the treatment plant improvements are measures to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption. High-efficiency single-stage blowers, for example, will reduce annual energy consumption by 26%. A new combined heat and power system will be 26% more efficient than the existing system.

Source:

U.S. EPA

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