Algonquin considers wastewater facility plan update

ALGONQUIN – As a way to prepare for future wastewater treatment plant needs and upgrades, the village is looking to update its facility plan.

The village's water and sewer departments plan to put together a facility plan update, which would have a similar approach to the last update, completed in 2005.

The update will again the consider the remaining equipment service life. There will be an evaluation of the filtering processes, the performance of each piece of equipment, future regulatory changes, and the available hydraulic and loading capacity of the village's collection system and wastewater facility, Utilities Superintendent Andrew Warmus wrote in a village memo.

Village officials are proposing that Trotter and Associates carry out the facility plan update for $148,000. Trotter carried out the plan in 2005. The Village Board is scheduled to vote on the contract on Tuesday.

The 2005 plan led to an expansion of the village Wastewater Treatment Plant.

There will be comparisons between the original design projections and actual performance to determine how efficient the plant is, how much energy is being used, sludge yields and process optimization.

Along with considering billing records and the village's comprehensive land use plan, the village will be able to direct future improvements to meet demands and identify possible changes, Warmus wrote.

The 2014 plan will include sections and evaluations on community needs, the collection systems, lift stations, an evaluation of the existing wastewater treatment facility, an implementation plan, and recommendations, among other things, Warmus wrote.

"Completion of this plan fulfills a necessity to update our existing facility plan to consider economic changes, community demands, and village vision as it has likely changed over the last eight years," Warmus wrote.

Warmus added the plan will consider the improvements made to the system and the impact they had on the overall system.

"It is yet another planning tool, for both operation and maintenance aspects, and for long-range planning to enable staff to improve our ability to develop sound responsible capital improvement plans," Warmus wrote.

To attend

What: Algonquin Village Board

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Ganek Municipal Center, 2200 Harnish Drive.

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