Local waste water treatment facility being overhauled

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Updated: 7/10/2013 10:56 pm
WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) -- West Point is in the process of overhauling its sewer and waste water system.

The plant is being transformed from an industrial waste to a municpale waste site.

"We're removing the old equipment that was here during the Bryan Foods treatment phase and upgrading the new equipment that will meet municipal standards," said Geoff Pritchett, project superintendent Max Foote Construction.

The treatment process is slightly different from industrial waste versus municipal waste. So, once the new equipment is installed it will get the plant up to standards, according to officials.

It will also enable the city to shut-down the lagoon and sand filter system it's currently using to reduce cost. 

"All of the internal equipment for the schriber and two clarifyers is being fabrictaed. It will be fabricated. It will be plated with the galvanizing so it wont rust," said Dwight Prisock, superintendent of West Point Water and Light Department.

The process of transforming this waste water treatment operation from industrial to municipal is expected to take just a few months.
"To the average user they won't see any difference at all," added Prisock.

In 2009, the city acquired the treatment facility from Sara Lee/Bryan Foods for just one dollar.

City leaders say they are making a sound investment with the help of a $6 million dollar revolving fund loan through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.
"We like to say we only spend six million dollars. So we'll have approximately six million dollars in a plant that would be valued at $18 million to $20 million if it were built from the ground up," Prisock said.

Once it becomes fully operational it will be a three million gallon a day processing plant. 

The same pump station that pumps everything into the lagoons will pump everything into the refurbished plant.

The only difference will be the testing of the waste discharge which will have a little higher environmental quality when it goes back into the creek.

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