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UMJA Holds Ceremonial Groundbreaking
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2018-05-24

Dignitaries participate in the ceremonial groundbreaking for the expansion project

at the Upper Montgomery Joint Authority on May 22. They include Susanne

Gantz, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture; William Ingram, president of

the UMJA board of directors; Jennifer Leister, the authority's acting super-

intendent; Thomas Haslett, a senior vice president with Woodard and

Curran and Philip Wetzel, an aide to state Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st

House District.

 

          Will Ingram, wearing a Philadelphia Eagles hard hat, surveyed the crowd standing in the parking lot at the Upper Montgomery Joint Authority. Ingram, a Pennsburg resident who chairs the authority's board of directors, thanked them for convening on an overcast Tuesday morning to celebrate a $19.3 million expansion project.

            "I was expecting ten people," he said. "This is a great turnout."

            Approximately 35 people, including multiple board members, staff employees, contractors and East Greenville Borough Manager Jim Fry, attended a ceremonial groundbreaking at 1100 Mensch Dam Road for the project. The facility, established in 1960, serves approximately 3,300 customers in the boroughs of Red Hill, East Greenville and Pennsburg.

            A handout describes the improvements as a monumental milestone in UMJA's continued effort to improve and enhance its wastewater system. It states that the upgrades will transform the treatment system by eliminating bypass overflow during storm events, improving water quality of the Green Lane Reservoir by implementing total nitrogen and phosphorus removal, increase treatment plant energy, efficiency and reliability, improving safety for the plant operators and providing technology improvements to increase operations efficiency.

            The project will include upgrades to the plant's influent pump station and screening system as well as to its gas chlorination system for wastewater disinfection, instrumentation and controls, return activated sludge and wastewater activated sludge pumping and utility water systems.

            Construction is expected to conclude in July of 2019, according to Ken Kohlbrenner, a project manager with Woodard and Curran, the Massachusetts firm overseeing the project.

            According to Ingram, the implementation of a five-stage nutrient removal process will help the facility meet current and future Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection standards.

            The legally required improvements will allow the facility to prepare for stricter nutrient removal standards, allow the facility to better manage that flow and eliminate an antiquated holding tank.

            "I'm really thankful and so excited to be part of this project," said Thomas Hazlett, a senior vice president with Woodard and Curran.

            Jennifer Leister, the authority's interim superintendent, told the crowd she was proud to work for a board of directors committed to upgrading the facility's infrastructure.

            A 40-year loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at an interest rate not to exceed 3.635 percent, will fund the legally required upgrades to prepare for stricter nutrient removal standards, allow the facility to better manage that flow and eliminate an antiquated holding tank.

            Authority officials have awarded more than $19 million to four contractors. They have secured $27 million in interim funding from Fulton Bank ($17 million) and Quakertown National Bank ($10 million) for the project. The remaining money will be utilized to pay off past loans.

            Worth & Company, a Pipersville firm, will be paid $16.576 million to complete the general construction. Clipper Pipe from Eddystone is responsible for the HVAC at a cost of $539,000. Myco Mechanical, a Telford firm, has been contracted for the plumbing work at $239,000. Philips Brothers, from Glenmoore, was awarded the electrical contract worth $1.956 million, according to an email from Glenn Quinn, the former superintendent.


 

 

 

 

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