Gadsden, Ala. – The Gadsden Water Works and Sanitary Sewer Board dedicated its new MIEX® water pre-treatment plant on Thursday, May 22, 2014, making it the largest of its kind in North America.
Named for the city’s first water works manager, the C.B. Collier Water Treatment Plant uses the advanced MIEX® process developed by Orica Watercare Inc., which removes the organic precursors that lead to disinfection byproduct formation from the water.
Gadsden Water Works and Sewer Board General Manager Frank Eskridge says the process has been able to remove about two-thirds of the regulated compounds from the finished water, exceeding anticipated results.
The project, designed by Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood and constructed by Max Foote Construction Company, took two and a half years to build and also included major renovations to the existing plant. Currently averaging 10 to 12 million gallons of water production per day with capacity for 24 million gallons per day, the facility’s excess capacity enables the city to support future industrial growth.
The $30 million in improvements to the water and sewer system brought the city’s system in line with new federal guide-lines for water treatment, and also included upgrading the system’s East and West River Wastewater Treatment Plants, which improved phosphorus removal and solids handling.