Middletown administrators say it will take time for work to begin on the town’s planned wastewater treatment plant.
Mayor Charles Harbaugh said town administrators have seen no plans for the new plant yet but he is not concerned about the summer-long delay.
“Our plant is holding steady and repairs have been manageable,” Harbaugh said.
For him, what is more important is that the design and construction on the new plant are done correctly.
“I want this to be right. We are building for our future and thinking about growth,” Harbaugh said.
The project still has to undergo a bidding process, said town manager Rebecca Layman.
She did not know when the town may see work begin.
“This is a long process,” Layman said.
Keith Lane, an engineer with Peed & Bortz LLC, worked on the preliminary engineering report on Middletown’s Wastewater Treatment Plant when it was discovered the plant’s treatment system was failing.
Lane presented that report in January to officials at a Town Council meeting. In April, at a special work session, members decided to follow the advice of Lane and chose to go with the major upgrade of the plant costing an estimated $4.8 million.
This option would remove the failing bio-wheels, large rotating drums where attached microorganisms are grown to consume pollutants and treat wastewater, and replace them with a modern system. The option would also construct a new, larger basin for increased capacity.
This option provides the highest potential for increased treatment performance and future capacity increase if needed.
The Virginia Municipal League has already approved a loan funding the project, Harbaugh said.