Flood delays construction for Coosa Valley Water
by David Atchison
Mar 28, 2011 | 2409 views |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Construction continues on the Coosa Valley Water Supply District Authority surface water treatment plant.
Construction continues on the Coosa Valley Water Supply District Authority surface water treatment plant.
Because of recent floods, it will take a little longer before clean, fresh water is pumped from the new water treatment facility in Ragland.

Mike Walraven, an engineer with Goodwyn Mills and Caywood Inc. and project manager for the Coosa Valley Water Supply District Authority surface water treatment plant, said the quarry that will supply water to the plant was flooded when Logan Martin Lake flooded its banks.

“The river overflowed the banks and filled up the quarry,” Walraven told Authority members Thursday in the St. Clair County Commission chambers at the courthouse in Pell City.

He said there was no equipment in the area that was flooded by the river.

Before the flood, he said workers were about to start construction on the foundation to the pump station that would pump water to the surface water treatment plant.

Walraven said the water in the quarry must be pumped out again so the water intake can be built.

He said even though work on the water intake is behind, construction of the treatment plant is on schedule.

Officials said the plant should be completed by August.

“They are actually ahead of schedule,” Walraven said Thursday.

He said the surface water treatment facility is about 75 percent complete.

Walraven said Logan Martin water levels were higher than they had been in the past five years.

“It’s down now,” he said, adding that clay dams were constructed on the back side of the property to prevent water from reaching the quarry if there is another flood.

Walraven said he expects the pump station to be up and running by the end of September, so the plant can begin operation in the fall.

“This project is coming down to the end,” said Paul Manning, chairman of the Coosa Valley Water Supply District Authority. “We’re winding it down.”

The Water Supply District Authority is a wholesaler and will sale the water to independent water systems throughout St. Clair County.

“There are many independent systems drilling holes and living month to month with ground water, never knowing when it may dry up or go bad,” Manning said.

He said independent water systems must spend money for testing to meet water quality standards set by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. This water source would eliminate testing costs for independent water systems.

He said the surface water treatment facility can provide a good, reliable source of water for everyone in St. Clair County.

“That water treatment plant looks great,” Manning said. “It will provide safe, clean drinking water for the future.”

The St. Clair County Commission, Odenville, Springville and Pell City are board members of the Authority and have each agreed to purchase at least 750,000 gallons of water per day from the Coosa Valley Water Supply District.

The surface water treatment plant will initially pump 3 mgd (million gallons a day) of treated surface water. The plant is capable of producing 6 mgd of treated surface water without any capital improvements, but the plant is designed to pump as much as 12 mgd.

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.

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