City of Lincoln
2004 Media Releases
Treatment plant and sewer projects total $105.8 million
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today said the $105.8 million in improvements being made to the City’s wastewater system are important projects for the entire community. Seng and City Public Works and Utilities Department staff gave a progress report on projects budgeted for this fiscal year.
“These investments are critical for the protection of public health, the environment and the future of our community,” said Mayor Seng. “To meet more stringent federal and state water quality standards, the City Wastewater Division worked with state officials to establish discharge limits for both of our treatment plants. We are building the facilities the City needs to meet those federal and state standards and to accommodate future growth.”
The $105.8 million investment in the City’s Wastewater system includes $44.9 million in improvements to the trunk sewer and collection system; $35.8 million at the Theresa Street Plant; $23.8 million at the Northeast Treatment Plant; and $1.3 million in miscellaneous projects at the two treatment plants. (See fact sheet.)
The improvements to the trunk sewer and collection system include the replacement and repair of aging collection system infrastructure lines, lift stations and relief trunk lines as well as extensions to the larger lines that collect and transport flow to the City’s two treatment facilities.
The major projects at both treatment plants are construction of the ammonia removal systems, which must be completed by January 2009 to meet state requirements. These projects are required to meet the new discharge permit standards set by the state to protect Salt Creek. The Theresa Street projects include about $4.8 million for the installation of odor control equipment and $1.1 million for repair of the Salt Creek bank near the plant. Other improvements at the treatment plants include grit handling, disinfection systems and bar screen replacement.
Allan Abbott, City Public Works and Utilities Director, said the majority of the improvements are being financed by revenue bonds. Last month, the City Council approved the second in a series of rate increases that establish the financial base for the issuance of the bonds.
A summary of the projects can be found on the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov. under the Public Works and Utilities section.
Collection System and Trunk Sewer Construction Projects - $44.9 million
Salt Valley Basin: $21.4 million
Beal Slough Basin: $8.7 million
Stevens Creek Basin: $6.9 million
Little Salt Creek Basin: $2.1 million
Oak Creek Basin: $2.1 million
West “O” Street: $2.4 million
Antelope Basin Improvements: $500,000
Selected Replacement and Miscellaneous Improvements: $800,000
Theresa Street Treatment Facility Construction Projects - $35.8 million
Nitrification (Ammonia Removal) and Capacity Improvements: $21.8 million
Grit Handling Facility Improvements: $5.1 million:
New Ultra-violet Light Disinfection System: $3.0 million
Odor Control Improvements: $4.8 million
Salt Creek Bank Repair: $1.1 million
Northeast Treatment Facility Construction Projects - $23.8 million
Nitrification (Ammonia Removal) and Capacity Improvements: $13.7 million
Grit Handling Facility Improvements: $2.6 million
New Ultra-violet Light Disinfection System: $1.7 million
Solids Handling Improvements: $4.7 million
Bar Screen Replacement: $1.1 million
Northeast and Theresa Street Miscellaneous Projects - $1.3 million
These improvements include repair to the Theresa Street maintenance building, pump replacements and minor system and equipment replacements at both treatment plants.