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MWA Halfway Through Design-Build Project

Sep 9, 2019 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.


The MWA is investing over $40 million to renew and rehabilitate its two water reclamation facilities. The new digester lids (pictured) at the Lower Poplar Plant are among the many facility upgrades.

Over $40 Million Being Invested in Rehab of Both MWA Water Reclamation Facilities.

Roughly halfway through the timeline to rehabilitate both of its Water Reclamation Facilities, the MWA and the Haskell Company remain on schedule and within budget.

The Authority is investing over $40 million toward the replacement of many of the assets that have exceeded their life expectancy at the Rocky Creek and Lower Poplar Water Reclamation Facilities.
This capital project, which is one of the largest in MWA history, entails four phases: (1) an update of the Authority’s long-term capital improvement plan; (2) schematic design and contractor selection; (3) design development; and (4) construction and commissioning.

The construction of the project is estimated to take approximately two years, having commenced in August of 2018, with plans to continue through the fall of next year. With the design of the rehabilitation (Phase 3) nearly developed, the project is well into construction (the final Phase 4), meaning the overall project is more than 48% complete.

One of the significant changes to executing the project was the move by the MWA to directly purchase the equipment needed to rehabilitate the two plants, saving significant sales tax dollars since the Authority is a tax-exempt government enterprise.

In addition, the MWA has secured all of the financing necessary for the completion of this capital project, following a Bond Issue this past December that featured the sale of tax exempt, 20-year revenue bonds.

The rehabilitation of the Rocky Creek and Lower Poplar Plants reflects the MWA’s commitment to continually reinvest in the renewal of its assets, ensuring the sustainable delivery of reliable, quality water and sewer services for current and future customers.

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
P: 770-757-1681

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