Progress reported on sewage plant
Tom Seaman, member of the Westmoreland Fayette Municipal Sewage Authority, informed Scottdale Borough Council that progress has been made on construction of a new treatment plant.
The general construction design phase of the project is 90 percent complete, the electrical design has been started and is 50 percent complete and the interceptor/force main design is well under way, approximately 90 percent complete.
Seaman said several property rights of way need to be secured and property needs to be acquired for the expansion.
Authority personnel are working to complete field survey work for the proposed sanitary interceptor and force main, which will originate from the Swede-town pump station and end at the sewage treatment facility. They have met with Fayette and Westmoreland conservation districts about making application for the Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Plan and the necessary permits, he said.
Documentation has been submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection to explain and justify the plant and interceptor capacities that were used in the authority's design.
“We have submitted the Part I NPDES permit application to the DEP for our larger capacity plant, and we make almost daily phone calls to them to check on our permit status,” Seaman said.
He added that John G. Tomaro with Widmer Engineering Inc. spoke to Paul Eiswerth with the DEP on July 2 and was informed that the NPDES Part I permit for the new facility is tentatively approved and that a draft will likely be forthcoming within the next month to the authority.
“This will allow us to submit the rest of our design plan, specifications, calculations, etc., to them for the Part II Construction Permit,” Seaman said.
In the next several months, the authority hopes to finalize plans and secure permits in order to put the project out to bid in January.
Seaman said authority officials talked with Judith Tutino of RUS, the primary funding agency for the project, who said the timeframe on the authority's funding package expires on March 31, 2015.
“Based on this, Widmer Engineering Inc. has assigned most employees to this project,” Seaman said.
He added that the authority hopes to award the plant construction bids by March 31, giving the general contractor a year to complete the $16.3 million project.
Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.