The first phase of construction on wastewater infrastructure improvements in Canaan Valley has been completed, with two new wastewater treatment plants replacing five aging systems with state-of-the-art technology.
"These improvements protect water quality and the high elevation plant and animal communities that make Canaan Valley one of the most loved and visited areas of the state," said Bob Metzger, chairman of the Canaan Valley Public Service District.
The Canaan Valley Public Service District conducted a ribbon-cutting on June 16, to celebrate the end of the first phase of construction.
The CVPSD was formed in 2007 and immediately began working on plans to upgrade the existing treatment for clustered areas of development in Canaan Valley. Working cooperatively with the owners of existing wastewater treatment plants, CVPSD reviewed previous studies on options for improving infrastructure in the Valley, secured the engineering assistance from Thrasher Engineering of Clarksburg and began working on the first phase of improvements.
"This was an incredibly complex process, and all those involved are to be commended for their hard work," said Jennifer Newland, executive director of Canaan Valley Institute.
CVI coordinated public meetings, secured federal grant funds and worked with the West Virginia Public Service Commission to make the new PSD a reality.
"CVI is proud to work on wastewater issues throughout West Virginia as well as surrounding states, and is was particularly gratifying to work on a project in our back yard," she said.
Construction on the two new plants and collection systems began in January of 2010, and the systems came online in late 2011. Local construction firms Breckenridge Corp. and J.F. Allen Co. prepared the site, installed the piping, constructed buildings and installed the innovative treatment systems that form the heart of both new plants.
These systems, called membrane bioreactors, combine microorganisms that digest the wastewater solids with a high-tech membrane filter. The two plants in Canaan Valley are the first publicly funded wastewater treatment systems of this type to be completed in West Virginia. This technology was chosen because it reliably produces treated water of high quality and provided great protection for the Valley's water resources.