Toledo sewer plant entering main construction phase

Stephen Floyd

Contractors with Rotchey Inc. are moving into the main construction phase of Toledo's new sewer plant and remain on track to complete the facility by May of next year. Started recently were excavation and fixtures (pictured) related to two large clarifiers, intended to remove sludge from influent by scraping particulate matter from the top of settling water. Also expected to see construction begin soon are a new pump station, an operations building, and an aerobic digester, followed by construction of a sludge drying bed by the end of the year. This project, expected to cost a total or around $9.6 million, had been undertaken by the city with the use of $6.4 million in state and county grants, as well as up to $9.1 million in loans from the Public Works Trust Fund.