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June 12, 2013

Guided tour highlights recently-completed improvement project at City of Three Rivers Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Written by: Bruce Snook
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Headquarters building at WWTP

A guided tour of the City of Three Rivers Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) early Tuesday evening (June 11) provided an opportunity to view the current operation of the facility and learn about the items completed during a $4.1 million plant improvement project.

Excerpt from WWTP improvement project display board (Click on photo to enlarge)

Elected officials, community members, and local industrial customers were invited to attend the ‘project completion presentation and guided plant tour’ at the facility on Wolf Road at the south edge of the city.

In welcoming approximately 25 people who gathered for the event, WWTP Superintendent James Baker said, “My main goal tonight is to let everybody see the plant, see the progress that we’ve made with the construction project.”  He said the project was bid out in June of 2011 and completed in March of this year – ahead of the July 2013 deadline required by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  Baker said, “It’s a good time to bring everybody out and show you what we’ve been up to, show you how the plant’s been operating.”  (James Baker audio clip – :42)

WWTP Superintendent James Baker during ‘guided tour’ of the refurbished facility. Shown with him (left to right) are City Attorney Pat O’Malley, Three Rivers residents Vicki and Richard Imgrund, and City Manager Joe Bippus. (Click on photo to enlarge)

Visitors had an opportunity to view a display showing project highlights, review a binder of photos from the project, look over plans for the work, and pick up literature provided by L.D. Dosca Associates, Inc. of Kalamazoo, the general contractor.  Baker then led the tour that provided attendees to see and hear about various aspects of the facility and the improvements that were put in place through the project.

During a post-tour interview with the River Country Journal, Baker indicated the project included odor control components and said, “For the most part, we doubled our odor control capacity.”  And he said, “We’re pretty confident that most of the odors – if not all of the odors – have been resolved.  We haven’t had hardly any complaints from citizens and, if we do, we respond to them.  We’ve got adjustments we can make to the equipment and we’ll be able to handle almost any situation that should happen out here.”

Baker described the improvements as “a great project,” noted that – in addition to being  completed ahead of schedule – it came in under budget, and indicated the project went smoothly.  (James Baker audio clip – :38)

The plant improvements were designed by Jones & Henry Engineers, Ltd.  The WWTP has a capacity of 5 million gallons per day and operates at around 1.6 million gallons per day.

For additional insights regarding the WWTP improvement project and Tuesday’s presentation and tour, click on the following link to hear the interview with James Baker, recorded by Bruce Snook of the River Country JournalJames Baker interview (3:59 – 3.64 MB).


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