Fairfield to build a new multi-million multipurpose sewage treatment building

The City of Fairfield will construct a multi-purpose building at Groh Lane Sewage Treatment Plant to now aid in sludge dewatering and eventually to chemically treat phosphorus, which is not yet required. Adam Sackenheim, director of public works at Fairfield, believes the Ohio EPA could impose limits on the city’s phosphorus release as early as 2026

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According to the plans, the multi-purpose building will be built at the Groh Lane sewage treatment plant to also drain sludge. The current sludge dewatering system is now more than 25 years old, “and is nearing the end of its useful life,” said Sackenheim.

For at least the next five years, the city will use the second half of the multipurpose room as a warehouse, he said. The city recently renewed its state permits and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency does not impose limits on phosphorus discharges that it has at other sewage treatment plants across the state. Sackenheim expects limit values ​​for the city’s next approval in 2026.

Whenever limit values ​​are set for the phosphorus discharge, a chemical treatment system must be in place, according to Sackenheim.

“In the next five to ten years we will likely have a new limit in our discharge permit by which we have to treat phosphorus,” he said.

Too much phosphorus, which is often found in fertilizers, feeds algae in waterways such as lakes, streams and rivers. Too much can cause the algal blooms to be toxic, kill fish, and become dangerous to recovery.

The council last month approved a $ 2.53 million contract with Performance Construction that includes contingent liabilities. The offer corresponds to the engineer’s estimate of $ 2.7 million.

The project includes an additional $ 50,000 in non-contractual funds for various other project-related support services, according to the city.

Construction is scheduled to take a year and begin on April 1st.

The City of Fairfield will construct a multi-purpose building at Groh Lane Sewage Treatment Plant to now aid in sludge dewatering and eventually to chemically treat phosphorus, which is not yet required.  Adam Sackenheim, director of public works at Fairfield, believes the Ohio EPA could impose limits on the city's phosphorus release as early as 2026

The City of Fairfield will construct a multi-purpose building at Groh Lane Sewage Treatment Plant to now aid in sludge dewatering and eventually to chemically treat phosphorus, which is not yet required. Adam Sackenheim, director of public works at Fairfield, believes the Ohio EPA could impose limits on the city’s phosphorus release as early as 2026

Credit: Provided

Credit: Provided

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