PCWA hosts state team for sec­ond in­spec­tion tour

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - Staff re­ports

A team from the Ge­or­gia En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Di­vi­sion’s Drink­ing Wa­ter pro­gram were back for a sec­ond tour of the soon-to-be op­er­at­ing Mulco-Am­mons Springs Wa­ter Treat­ment fa­cil­ity, where its only a mat­ter of fine tun­ing to get ready for fu­ture de­liv­ery to cus­tomers.

In a press re­lease in re­cent days, Polk County Wa­ter Au­thor­ity Gen­eral Man­ager Jack Dam­ron said the or­ga­ni­za­tion hosted Peter Nwogu and his team from the state’s Drink­ing Wa­ter pro­gram at EPD to in­spect the fa­cil­ity af­ter con­struc­tion com­pleted, and to look over ar­eas like new hold­ing ponds and to see the clear well area.

“Spe­cial at­ten­tion was paid to the in­com­ing wa­ter from Am­mons and Mulco springs, the fil­ter­ing process we will use, and the out­go­ing wa­ter af­ter treat­ment and fil­ter­ing has oc­curred,” the re­lease stated.

The team was ac­com­pa­nied by Su­per­in­ten­dent, Ryan Prince, as well as plant op­er­a­tors Heather Dal­ton and Mike Wil­liams, and Ron­nie Wood, Project En­gi­neer for PCWA and sev­eral other lo­cal en­ti­ties. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from P.F. Moon En­gi­neers and sub-con­trac­tors were also in at­ten­dance.

”The Au­thor­ity was rec­og­nized for the progress and com­plete­ness of plant con­struc­tion and we were ap­proved to be­gin pro­duc­ing clean wa­ter for dis­tri­bu­tion,” the re­lease stated. “Ac­tual re­lease of wa­ter into the sys­tem will oc­cur af­ter com­pil­ing thirty (30) days of recorded tur­bid­ity re­sults for fin­ished wa­ter.”

In the re­lease, Dam­ron said that the plant “it­self needs some mi­nor finishing touches which we will ac­com­plish with our fi­nal ‘punch list’.”

He added that some mi­nor changes and ad­just­ments will be made over time once the plant is in full pro­duc­tion.

”We are ex­tremely pleased with this in­spec­tion and site tour with EPD. The re­sults were ex­pected, but it’s nice to get a hand shake and a ‘thumb’s up’ from EDP lead­er­ship. There is work left to do, but this was a ma­jor step in bring­ing the plant into pro­duc­tion,” Dam­ron said. “All the time and work put in by Ron­nie Wood, the P.F. Moon con­struc­tion team and W.T Con­struc­tion is pro­duc­ing sig­nif­i­cant re­sults.”

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