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Work is coming along on the oxidation ditch at Rockwood, Water, Sewer and Natural Gas wastewater plant.
The oxidation ditch is part of the utilities’ requirements under the Tennessee Environment and Conservation director’s order.
“We are on schedule, and we haven’t lost any days to rain, believe it or not,” said utilities manager Kim Ramsey.
The 330-day contract with J. Cumby Construction should be completed by June 13, 2014, but officials are optimistic it will be completed sooner.
The oxidation ditch will replace an outdated part of the system. The ditch and other smaller improvements, including work at a nearby pump station, is a $2.149 million project.
“The trickling filter process is out of date and won’t meet our compliance requirements,” Ramsey said.
Probably only a couple of plants in Tennessee still utilize it, she added.
“This should put our plant in compliance for hopefully quite awhile — not that we won’t be spending money down here on other small things,” Ramsey said.
Some small improvements are also underway to cut down on incidents of overflow.
Ramsey hopes to begin tackling other projects in the near future, including the aging sewer system.
“The collection system needs a lot of upgrades, mainly what we call basin 8, which is the older downtown area,” she said. “We have a lot of I&I (inflow and infiltration) problems still down there,” Ramsey said.
Sewer relocation work is also taking place along West Rockwood Street.
“We are also doing investigation on the main trunk line” that is 50 to 60 years old, Ramsey said. “We are going to camera that line.”
Water leaks and other issues continue to plague the old utilities.
Ramey said a bad water line break off Hwy. 70 kept men out this past Sunday.
“They were there at 2 in the afternoon (Saturday), and they got finished almost 5 in the morning Sunday,” Ramsey said.