In 2012, the city of Crete, Nebraska, discovered its wastewater treatment facility was in dire need of an upgrade—and there was no time to waste.
Without significant improvements, the aging facility would be unable to meet the ever-increasing treatment limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To prevent any interruptions in much-needed service, the city brought in our firm to build an entirely new facility capable of meeting the EPA’s current limits and future limits without requiring more costly upgrades.
Several of our teams were involved in the project to design and engineer the new facility, including public infrastructure, mechanical and electrical, survey, geotechnical, automation technology, and structural.
We helped install new raw wastewater pumps in the existing lift station, built a grit removal facility to remove inorganic particles, constructed four concrete basins that hold more than 650,000 gallons each, added a blower building to house six high-speed turbo blowers, installed an ultraviolet disinfection system, and installed a belt thickening and dewatering process for solids handling. The new facility is capable of handling 1 to 3 million gallons of wastewater per day. Additionally, a new administration building, including an on-site laboratory, was constructed for operational support.
The new facility was finished ahead of schedule and significantly reduces labor and operational costs for biosolids handling, preventing wasted time and money.
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