Ground Broken on Virginia Treatment Facility Improvements Project

March 10, 2015
The $76 million project will increase the plant's treatment capacity & reduce nitrogen discharge

The city of Hopewell, Va., and Gov. Terry McAuliffe hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Hopewell Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) Alternative 4A-1 Light Phase 2 Nitrogen Removal Improvements project in Virginia.

 “This project is a fantastic example of how Virginia businesses and industries can work in partnership with localities to improve the quality of our water,” Gov. McAuliffe said. “Hopewell has been able to attract industrial growth and expansion because of this regional facility, and this new project will ensure a tremendous impact on the local and regional economy.”

Others participating in the groundbreaking ceremony included Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones, Hopewell City Manager Mark Haley, and Plant Superintendent Jeanie Grandstaff.

The joint venture team of PC Construction and HDR Constructors began preliminary work on this design-build project late last year. The scope of the project will increase treatment capacity from 27 million gal per day (mgd) to 46 mgd and reduce nitrogen contained in its discharge—which is released into the James River, a primary tributary to the Chesapeake Bay—to meet permit limitations for total nitrogen loading and ammonia concentrations. The joint venture team will incorporate the moving bed biofilm reactors technology to provide reliable treatment for the unbalanced influent flow characteristics processed by the facility. The efforts will help preserve water quality and provide a clean habitat for sea life and waterfowl in the largest estuary in the U.S.

Completion of construction is scheduled for early 2017.

Source: PC Construction

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