Wastewater Treatment PlantElk Rapids, Michigan

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Gosling Czubak completed design of a new 582,000 gallon per day extended aeration mechanical plant/lagoon hybrid process wastewater treatment plant for the Village of Elk Rapids in Antrim County. Increased operation and maintenance problems at the previously existing plant necessitated the project, as well as interest in a local fruit processing facility, Burnette Foods, to connect to the system. The type of wastewater generated by this type of food processing is often ten times the strength of residential sewage. The anticipated wastewater strength substantially increased the sewer bills beyond what the existing customers would be willing to pay. The project was made viable with the assistance and cooperation with Burnette Foods. Burnette Foods wanted the project to proceed and worked with the Village and Gosling Czubak to agree to an upfront capital contribution of $1.5M to help build the new treatment facility.

The project cost was $4.7M and included a completely new wastewater plant within the footprint of the existing plant. Gosling Czubak assisted the Village in obtaining loans from the State Revolving Fund.  The project was completed and operational in June 2016.