Southside Place Water Treatment Plant Improvements Enter Design Phase
Initial estimates for improvements to the Southside Place wastewater treatment plant indicate the project should cost around $1,017,750 – well within the $1.2 million allocated for the project from the 2007 certificates of obligation authorized by city council.
Council has approved Claunch & Miller, Inc. to begin the design work, which should take about four months. Once the design is complete, Claunch & Miller will bid out the project. Once the bidding process is complete, the construction phase should take about six months. Southside Place City Manager David Moss estimates the project will be complete in the first quarter of 2009.
Moss says the treatment plant, at 3801 Bellaire Blvd., has not been updated in more than 20 years.
“It’s in need of new technology,” said Moss. That, along with the anticipation of potential redevelopment on Bellaire Boulevard that could add stress to the plant, prompted council to approve the certificates of obligation last year. The certificates of obligation total $2.5 million, the rest of which will be used for water line improvements.
Upgrades to the plant include: activated sludge treatment units, a new clarifier, refurbishing existing blowers, main life station rehabilitation, upgrades to the chlorination system, sludge processing improvements and new gates/baffles at the headworks to allow flow splitting.
Moss says construction will only affect the site of the treatment plant, and Southside Place residents should not experience any changes in service.