Wastewater Safety Award, Project Update

The City of Salida Wastewater Treatment Plant Project has been advertised for bids. A mandatory pre-bid meeting was held at 10:00 A.M. on November 5, 2010 at City Hall and then at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  There were 7 contractors in attendance, with a total of 24 people.  Bids will be received by the City of Salida until 2:00 P.M. on December 9, 2010. There have been 10 sets of plans and specs purchased so far.

It is planned to issue Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed at the December 21st City Council meeting. Construction should begin in January 2011.

Wastewater Treatment Staff have been busy completing maintenance projects around the facility, routine and one emergency repair. The project can’t start soon enough for staff, there are certain parts of the plant that we can’t wait to see removed. Our focus will be on maintaining a quality operation during the construction process. We hope to achieve this through coordination with the engineers and the contractors of the construction project.

So far in the year of 2010 we have treated 195,575,200 gallons of wastewater from Salida and Poncha. We have received 648,450 gallons of septic and forest service waste from southern Chaffee County, Fremont County, Park Country, Saguache County, Lake Country, and Custer County.

We have also been busy training the newest member of our team, Bryan MacNiven. He started working with us February 8th of 2010. Bryan has caught on to our process and operation very well, and the only thing we need to do now is get him certified as a Wastewater Operator. Bryan and his family moved to Salida this summer from Buena Vista and they are a welcome addition to our community.

Wastewater Staff just recently received an award from the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Federation for 10 years of operation without an accident.

 Randy Sack