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Wastewater plant repairs head to Douglas County Commissioners

by Amy Alonzo


What: Douglas County Board of Commissioners

When: 1 p.m. Thursday

Where: 1616 8th St., Minden

It could be back to the drawing board for the North Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant effluent storage reservoir repair project.

Only one bid has been submitted thus far on the project, and Douglas County Commissioners on Thursday will look at possibly rejecting it and sending the project out to bid again.

Anaheim, Calif.-based Erosion Control Applications, Inc. submitted a bid of $484,000 for the project in mid-April. However, the county’s estimated cost for the project is just over $275,000.

The project will repair a damaged embankment and liner on the effluent storage reservoir.

“The probable cause of damage was from wind and ice that caused small holes in the membrane liner that allowed water to saturate the earth embankment,” County Engineering Manager Ron Roman said in an email.

The beleaguered plant faces other problems as well. It is also due for an expansion, but so far that project appears to be about $2.8 million over budget.

Located along Heybourne Lane at the base of Hot Springs Mountain, the plant is the only one operated by the county. It processes sewage from Johnson Lane and areas along the west side of the valley, extending to Genoa.

The plant was originally built in 1988 to treat 125,000 gallons per day. According to the county, the site is currently at 85 percent of its treatment capacity. The expansion is set for a fall 2018 completion.