Groundbreaking set Tuesday for Mount Carroll water treatment plant

MOUNT CARROLL – Ground will be broken Tuesday on the new wastewater treatment facility for the city, in Point Rock Park on South Mill Street.

City officials, staff with MSA Professional Services Inc., and others will gather at 11:30 a.m. for the groundbreaking on the $11.3 million project, followed by lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m.

The existing plant does not meet Illinois Environmental Protection Agency standards, and the new plant will be built just south of the current site.

"The work will be done by Leander Construction out of Canton," said Clint Wiemen, a senior project engineer with MSA, which is handling the plant's engineering.

The old plant was constructed in the late 1950s and was last upgraded in the 1970s. It uses clarifiers and rotating biological contactors, which use a biological medium to remove pollutants, to clean the water.

Wiemen said the new plant will use an activated sludge system to clean the water, and the design will make it easier for needed changes to meet regulations.

Work on the new plant is expected to start immediately, with a November 2020 target date to bring the new facility online.

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