New Lisbon, State share cost of treatment plant upgrade

Posted on 09/12/2016 8:05 AM

Work is now underway on a new $6.2 million wastewater treatment facility upgrade.
Work is now underway on a new $6.2 million wastewater treatment facility upgrade.

The City of New Lisbon, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and MSA  participated in the groundbreaking for a $6.2 million upgrade to the community’s wastewater treatment facility. The upgrades will improve major deficiencies and allow the City to better meet future water quality limits with a more efficient and reliable treatment technology.

The 1,000-inmate New Lisbon Correctional Institution discharges its wastewater to the City’s collection and treatment system. The State will pay for roughly two/thirds the cost of the improvements and the City will finance the remaining portion of the project using the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Clean Water Fund low interest loan program.

In 2005, the State paid to upgrade the treatment plant upgrade to accommodate the needs of the Correctional Institution when it came to New Lisbon. Now, additional upgrades are needed. The project will add fine screening at the prison’s lift station to improve performance at the pump station and upgrade the wastewater treatment plant with an oxidation ditch treatment process.

MSA completed a Facility Plan to identify alternatives for upgrading the treatment plant. “Our analysis indicated that the oxidation ditch process was the best option for improving water quality and meeting New Lisbon’s phosphorus discharge limits without using chemicals,” said Tom Fitzwilliams, MSA project manager. “The improvements will serve the community for at least 20 years.” 

The project is underway and is expected to be completed in December 2017.

Pictured in the photo above from left to right are: 
Pictured from left to right are: Dave Voss, Miron Construction, Neenah, WI; Dan Kallies, Utility Commission president; Steve Bezemek, wastewater treatment operator; Nick Wyss, wastewater treatment operator; Bob Anderson, director of public works; Mayor Lloyd Chase, Ben Lee, Staab Construction, Marshfield, WI; Tom Fitzwilliams, MSA. 

For information, contact Tom Fitzwilliams.

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