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New wastewater treatment plant being built in Colorado

July 29, 2014
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Work has started on construction of a new wastewater treatment plant in Lyons, Colorado.

Plans for the project have been in development since 2009 and were at an advanced stage when the nearby St. Vrain River overcame the 2nd Avenue bridge and surrounded the plant, the Times-Call reported.

This ended up delaying the construction work, with emergency measures taking priority. Temporary repairs costing $270,000 were made following the flood.

After the flooding, minor changes were made to the plans to include flood-proofing the pumproom.

The new treatment and operations building, located east of the existing facility in a residential area of Lyons, is being constructed from local sandstone. It has been designed with appealing aesthetics in mind, said Gary Berngard, a spokesman for the builder, Honeywell.

Another priority in the design of the facility was eliminating odors emitted by the plant.

As well as the new building, the project includes other measures designed to cut the facility's operating costs.

Much of the existing plant dates from the 1970s and repairing the facility was not an option, Berngard said.

The total cost of the project is nearly $5.9 million, including a $1 million grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

Local officials took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility last week. The work is expected to be completed next year.