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Bids open for Lower Towamensing Twp. wastewater plant

Published November 02. 2013 11:34AM

Bids are being accepted to sewage Lower Towamensing Township's wastewater treatment plant.

The township will receive bids for the project until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at which time they will be opened at the board of supervisors meeting.

Township solicitor Jim Nanovic said the plant would provide wastewater treatment services to residents in the Little Gap, Walkton and Aquashicola geographic area.

Supervisors agreed in September to advertise to bid the wastewater treatment plant project. Nanovic said the township was looking for a "single entity to provide sewage treatment to the township."

Nanovic also said at that time that it would not be a township plant, but, rather, a private plant, and that Blue Mountain Resort was eligible to bid on the project.

In July, the Delaware River Basin Commission granted Blue Mountain permission to expand its wastewater treatment plant.

At that time, the DRBC approved the application submitted by Keystone Consulting Engineers, on behalf of Tuthill Corporation, for the renewal of an existing discharge from the ski area wastewater treatment plant.

The approval means Blue Mountain can now expand the facility from being able to treat and discharge 0.06 million gallons per day to 0.28 million gallons per day. The expanded plant will now consist of three communitors/bar screens, a surge tank, five aeration tanks, five clarifiers, four sludge storage tanks, two chlorine contact tanks, and two post aeration tanks.

That approval came as Blue Mountain began preliminary work on its new Summit Splash Water Park.

Earlier this month, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Blue Mountain Resort to mark the completion of its new entrance road.

Scheduled to open in the spring of 2015, the park is expected to create more than 200 full-time jobs. Once completed, Summit Splash will include a giant wave pool, a lazy river, and tubing slides all in a beautiful mountain setting.

The wastewater treatment plant will continue to discharge treated effluent to the Aquashicola Creek at River Mile 183.66-36.32-5.73 (Delaware River, Lehigh River, Aquashicola Creek) via Outfall No. 001, within the drainage area of the section of the nontidal Delaware River known as the Lower Delaware, which is classified as Special Protection Waters, in Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County.

The project facilities are not located in the 100-year floodplain. Waste sludge will continued to be hauled off-site by a licensed hauler for disposal at a state-approved facility.

The overall cost of Blue Mountain's project is estimated to be $1,224,180.

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