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URS Corporation has designed a new water treatment plant and wellfield for Lancaster, OH, located 30 miles southeast of Columbus. A ground-breaking ceremony for the facility was recently co-hosted by URS and Lancaster officials.
The facility, which will serve a population of about 36,000, will initially treat approximately eight million gallons a day, with the ability for future expansion to 12 million gallons a day. The plant will feature state-of-the-art membrane treatment technology. This technology involves a reverse osmosis membrane system to remove hardness, iron, manganese and other constituents from the raw water. The process also includes aeration for carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide removal and chlorine addition for disinfection. When completed, the facility will be the largest of its type in the Midwest and the first of this size in Ohio.
In addition to the water treatment plant, the project includes four vertical wells and five miles of transmission lines that will transport the water to the city's distribution system.
Construction of the project is slated for completion in 2002 at an estimated construction cost of $22 million.