Construction crews are putting the final touches on the $3.8 million project, which updates the disinfection and odor-control processes at the facility on Grand Haven's east side.
“It’s going well and I wish we were done,” plant manager John Stuparits said. “We’re way ahead of schedule.”
The project was funded with a combination of local money and bond funds. In March, the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners issued $2.3 million in bonds to finance the project. The Grand Haven/Spring Lake Sewer Authority funded the rest of the project with money in its Plant Modification account.
“We were hoping it’d be done this week," Stuparits said last week. "But with the cold and wet weather, it’s delayed some things."
Despite the inclement fall weather, Stuparits said conditions during the summer were ideal for the project.
“The weather this summer was incredible,” he said. “I think there was two or three days they couldn’t work due to the weather.”
The changes are aimed at making the sewer treatment plant a better facility for the surrounding neighborhood and the community.
The ultraviolet disinfection process will remove the potential hazards of chemical disinfection, and it will also improve the outcomes of disinfection, Stuparits explained. It should be up and running sometime this week.
“It just makes us a safer neighbor,” he said.
Another major change is the addition of new odor-control measures. This is expected to fix the stink that emanates from the plant.
The odor-control project consists of a centralized system to collect and treat combined odor sources. It includes new biofilters and scrubbers; a new odor-control building; and fans, controls and associated processes to cut down on the smell from treating wastewater.
“Will it truly eliminate it? No," Stuparits said. "But I believe it’ll significantly reduce the odors.”