Aledo (Public Works)

The city faced rapid growth and restrictive site conditions when it undertook the expansion of its 20-year-old wastewater treatment plant. With careful planning and innovative design, the city was able to successfully use the site of the existing plant, which has a flood plain on one side and a steep slope beneath a neighborhood on the other. The new plant came online in December 2012—on time and 10 percent below budget. The new facility doubles the flow capability of the existing plant, provides the capacity for future expansion to accommodate city needs at build out, and meets current treatment standards. The plant is also the first in Texas to employ UV microwave-powered disinfection. Aesthetics and odor control were addressed to the point that the dedication and tours of the plant were one of the highlights of the city’s festivities when it celebrated its 50th anniversary of incorporation this year. The state-of-the-art plant was placed in operation at the right time to meet the needs of the city’s growth.

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