Mount Sterling will solicit bids at the end of August for a $4.6 million upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant.
The Ohio Department of Development recently awarded the village a $600,000 Community Development Block Grant for the project. The village secured a 20-year, no-interest loan through the Environmental Protection Agency to cover the remaining $4 million.
The plant is operating near capacity, which is 500,000 gallons a day. The upgrade will increase the capacity to 1.2 million gallons a day, as well as replace pumps, pipes, tanks and other equipment.
“Some of the concrete tanks are from 1936, said Kevin Wood, vice president of M.E. Companies Inc., the Westerville engineering consulting firm the village contracted to oversee the upgrade.
The project also includes installation of a screw press, which converts sludge to compost suitable for application on agricultural fields. Currently, the village spends about $40,000 a year to have the sludge hauled away. With a press in place, that wont be necessary, said Joe Johnson, Mount Sterlings village administrator.
“Plus, other municipalities can bring their sludge to us. We will be putting together a fee schedule for this service, Johnson said.
Work on the upgrade likely will start in early 2013 and be complete by 2014. The plants last upgrade was completed in the mid-1980s.
Water Treatment Plant
Also in the works is a complete replacement of Mount Sterlings water plant. The plan, Johnson said, is to build a new plant at Mason Park on Route 207. The existing plant, parts of which were built in 1895, is located at 94 N. High St.
M.E. Companies is in the process of conducting a feasibility study at the park site. The next step will be to conduct a well field analysis and test the water quality to determine the appropriate type of treatment process. Design work and funding acquisition is set for 2013.
“The best case scenario is that construction would start in 2014, Wood said.Its something they definitely need to do. Their water treatment plant is very old.