Construction on a new multi-million dollar Warner Robins water treatment plant began Wednesday, with a groundbreaking.
13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet explains how the upgraded facility will help water flow into Central Georgia communities more efficiently.
"Your water and sewer are the lifeline of your city," says Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen.
He says the upgrades to the Sandy Run Creek facility, which also serves Centerville, Byron, Bonaire, Houston and Peach counties will also provide growth.
"If you look at these, they're very old technology they're approximately thirty years old," explains Josh Petersen, Project Design Manager from Constantine.
It's been over twenty years since the last plant expansion and council agreed to support a 27 million dollar project that would increase the amount of water they can treat a day from 7 million gallons to 12 million.
"We'll have a new admin building. we'll have a new headworks. We're going to expand the aeration capacity, new clarifiers, new filters, all the pumps associated with these processes we have to move the water around new pumps," says Petersen.
He says the plant already needed improvements to meet new state standards, so they also decided to make it more energy efficient.
"We're going to be replacing those with turbo blowers, which will allow you to dial back air and use it as needed, as opposed to just running a motor full speed and wasting energy. These blowers have the ability to turn down and reduce your energy costs.
And to cut down on total cost, they're using some of the old structures instead of rebuilding completely.
"From an overall plant process I think we've probably reduced sixty percent of new structures," explains Petersen.
Employees now monitor the plant manually, but they'll convert to a computer system during the expansion.