The $18 million upgrade of the Live Oak Waste Water Treatment Plant is very impressive on close inspection. The Live Oak Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting Tuesday, October 30 with many in attendance to enjoy tours of the facility and refreshments. Mayor Gary Baland and his wife Kathy were in attendance along with Assemblyman Jim Nielsen and Senator Doug LaMalfa.
Public Works Facilities Manager and Chief Plant Operator Ron Walker gave the tours along with Park and Recreation Director Jan Meyer.
It was discovered in 2009 that the Waste Water Treatment Plant would need to upgrade to meet new standards for discharging waste water into area waterways. The California Regional Water Quality Control Board issued a cease and desist order to the City of Live Oak, causing a minimum of $3,000 in fines per day, per violation if not upgraded by 2012.
RGW Construction was awarded the project, as the low bidder in August of 2009 and the project was completed March 6, 2012 with all requirements met and under budget.
The new Waste Water Treatment facility will be adequate for the City for many years to come with waste water coming from all over the town. Once the sewage is pumped to the facility from the Lift Station, the plastics or papers that sometimes make their way down the drain are sorted out and the remainder is pumped through the dual stage odor control system. As the City grows, extra pumps and generators are available throughout the system to ensure the facility can handle the extra load. To read the rest of this story, please pick up a 11/7/12 edition of The Gridley Herald.