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City of Gig Harbor WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

Gig Harbor, Wash. – June 13, 2011 Gig Harbor Mayor Chuck Hunter announced today a Wastewater Treatment Plant Ribbon Cutting Ceremony showcasing the City’s largest Utility project completed to date.

DETAILS

Location: The ceremony will be held at the

Gig Harbor Wastewater Treatment Plant, 4216 Harborview Drive,

Gig Harbor WA 98335.

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Time: 11:30 am

The event will be held under a tent in the event of rain.

The public is invited. Please note parking is limited.

BACKGROUND

Construction of this improvement was necessary in order to maintain City compliance with State Water Quality standards as well as providing the necessary additional growth capacity needs of the community.

Ground breaking on this $16,000,000 new facility occurred in March 2009 and construction was completed in June. Project funding consisted of two State Wide Grants totaling $3,500,000; a $10,000,000 low interest Loan from the Washington State Public Works Trust Fund Assistance Account and the City of Gig Harbor utility rate payers.

The improvements consisted of the overall replacement of aging facilities, increased wastewater treatment capacity along with the improvement to effluent water quality. The scope of work included site work, selective demolition, pumping and piping modifications, construction of new centrifuge building and centrifuge, new clarifiers and associated piping, three new concrete anoxic basins and associated electrical upgrades, one new aeration basin, a new headworks building and associated new equipment and finally, improvements to the instrumentation, controls, telemetry and power systems.

UNIQUE IMPROVEMENT FACTS

The plant improvements were completed under budget and within schedule. In fact, costs savings were so significant that the City of Gig Harbor was able to add a fourth Clarifier and a wide variety of other additional features, yet maintain budget and schedule constraints. At no time was service to the residents of Gig Harbor interrupted, and the plant remained within permit standards.

For questions, please contact Jami Chunn, Community Development Assistant,

253-853-7625 or chunnj@cityofgigharbor.net.