Wastewater Plant 'Substantially Complete;' Testing Needed

Buffalo's new waste water treatment plant
Buffalo's new waste water treatment plant

Buffalo's wastewater treatment plant is substantially complete, according to States West Engineering's Brook Stromer, who updated the City Council on the project Tuesday. Aaron Palmer has the story.

According to Stromer, the contractor has met the criteria for the substantial completion date of December 9, and requested the City adopt the date on the official documents. Councilman Randy Dyess made the motion.

Stromer said although the plant is operational, the biology of the plant is still not functioning properly for various reasons. The city did get a variance from the state, which he explains.

Another issue that was brought up is since the state did not allow a variance on the volume of water that can be released from the plant, the old sewage lagoons would not be able to be drained before the February 1st, 2011 final completion date.

The Council voted to remove the lagoon drainage from the contract and will handle that themselves next summer.

The biology of the plant will be tested next and Stromer will report to the Council in January on the progress of the testing.

From the Johnson County News Desk, I'm Aaron Palmer with sheridanmedia.com news.

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