News release courtesy of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority
PRETREATMENT FACILITY GROUNDBREAKING
$31 million PTF marks milestone in sewage plant rehab
Led by Chairman Art De La Cruz, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority broke ground Oct. 29 on a new $31 million Pretreatment Facility (PTF) at its Southside Water Reclamation Plant.
“This is the largest single component to date of the Water Authority’s ten-year, $250 million rehab of this plant,” De La Cruz told reporters gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony. “It represents the Water Authority’s commitment to bring this plant up to 21st century standards for the sake of the environment and to the surrounding community.”
The new PTF will replace the existing facility and serve as the first point of treatment for all of the sanitary sewer flow from the Water Authority’s 300-square-mile service area. Currently, the plant treats about 54 million gallons of wastewater a day.
De La Cruz, County Commissioner for District 2 and Chairman of the Water Authority Board, said the new PTF will be more technically advanced and more energy efficient.
“It will have improved screening capture and odor control, and will enable a greatly improved working environment for the plant’s operation and maintenance staff,” he said. He added that after 27 years of operation the old facility is at the end of its useful life.
The estimated completion date for the new PTF is the summer of 2015, with Water Authority Principal Engineer Phil Morris serving as Project Manager. The new facility was designed by CDM Smith and will be constructed by PCL New Mexico.
PHOTO: Groundbreaking—County Commissioners Art De La Cruz (second from left) and Debbie O’Malley (third from left) join with Water Authority staff and Angela West (left), president of the Mountain View Neighborhood Association, to break ground on the Water Authority’s new $31 million Pretreatment Facility. The project is the largest to date in a planned 10-year, $250 million overhaul of the Southside Water Reclamation Plant, which treats all of Albuquerque’s municipal sewage.