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New Water Plant Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Open House Planned for August 26

Post Date:08/11/2017 3:45 PM
The Water and Pollution Control Department will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Saturday, August 26, to showcase the newly completed Ames Water Treatment Plant, located at 1800 E. 13th St. The ribbon cutting will be held at 9 a.m., and the open house will continue until 1 p.m. Participants may park at the facility, and overflow parking will be available on the north side of 13th Street at marked parking lots. A shuttle will bring people to the new facility.
Activities included throughout the event include a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Mayor Ann Campbell, current and former City Council members, representatives from State of Iowa agencies including the Department of Natural Resources, and other elected officials. Following the ceremony, tours of the facility will be provided, exhibits and displays will showcase the water treatment process, as well as the work of consultants and contractors; an art exhibit will be on display, art contest winners will be revealed, and refreshments will be available.
“Ames is well-known for its quality water, and our process has remained exactly the same in the new facility,” said John Dunn, Water and Pollution Control Director. “The new plant is functioning beautifully. We are so excited to offer residents the opportunity to visit and learn more about the treatment process.”
The new 15 million gallon per day (MGD) water treatment plant replaces the more than 90-year-old facility located at 300 E. Fifth St. The location of the new treatment plant, on property formerly owned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, allows for the reuse of existing infrastructure and provides space for future expansion.
Planning for the new plant began in 2008 when a study determined that the future needs of the Ames community could not be met by the current plant site. The entire cost of the project was nearly $70 million. The new plant is the largest LEED-certified water treatment plant in Iowa. Not only was the plant designed to be environmentally efficient, the LEED certification has resulted in approximately $6.5 million of borrowed cost to be forgiven by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.
Key LEED design elements include the following:
• A white roof was used to reduce the heat island effect.
• Water efficient landscaping serves to filter storm water runoff while reducing the water footprint of the facility.
• Water efficient plumbing provides a 33% reduction over baseline water use.
• 88% of construction waste was recycled and diverted from the landfill.
• Materials for the new plant have 20% recycled content and 20% of total materials came from regional resources. New wood used was certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council's guidelines which encourage environmentally responsible forest management.
• The heating and cooling system passes the raw water entering the plant through a geothermal heat exchanger, providing a significant reduction in energy over a conventional chiller system.
The Ames Water Plant pulls water out of the aquifer from a network of 22 wells spread over four distinct well fields. These wells range in depth from 76 to 146 feet, and range in capacity from 200 gallons per minute to as much as 1,200 gallons per minute. In addition, three new wells in a new well field are currently under design and anticipated to be active by 2018.


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