Water Treatment Plant Construction

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Water Treatment Plant Expansion Project

Project Background

The Ames water utility was formed in 1891.  The existing Water Treatment Plant (WTP) was constructed in 1927 as a two million gallon per day (MGD) iron removal facility.  Numerous improvements and expansions over the years have expanded the treatment to include lime-softening and brought the current capacity to 12 MGD.

After extensive evaluation, it was determined that the cost to renovate, modernize, and expand the existing facility would exceed the cost of constructing a new treatment plant facility.  On July 14, 2009, the Ames City Council directed City staff to proceed with planning and design for a new water treatment plant at 1800 E. 13th Street.

Design was complete in the Spring of 2014.  The project was awarded to Knutson Construction for $52,497,000.  The project will be funded in large part through a low-interest loan from the Iowa Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF).  Repayment of the loan will be made from utility revenues.  A series of rate increases were put into place to account for the loan repayment and those increases are completed. 

Construction started November 2014 and the water plant began treating the city's water in August 2017 with no issues.  On August 26, 2017 we hosted a ribbon-cutting and open house for the public to tour the new facility.  A record number of the community were in attendance with approximately  1,250 to 1,300 attendees. 

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The new plant at twilight, the evening before the open house.

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 Mayor Ann Campbell cutting the ribbon while past and present members of Ames City Council hold on.

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 City of Ames Cable Division Production Assistant Linsey Gravlin setting up for the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony.

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L to R: Operator Scott Harter, Operator Trevor Kleppe, Maintenance Technician Mike Dodds, Operator Marc Empson (back to camera), Assistant Director Christina Murphy, and Lab Analyst Andy Curtis discussing the day's upcoming events.

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L to R: Retired Power Plant worker Phil Schendel, Retired Water Plant Superintendent Phil Propes; talking to Public Works Utility Maintenance Operations Supervisor Dale Weber while attendees look on, awaiting the start of the ceremony.

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Retired W&PC Barbara Schendel (middle) stands with Water Plant Maintenance Technician Mike Dodds and an unidentified guest.

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Environmental Engineer and Project Manager Kris Evans converses with Water Plant Maintenance Technician Mike Dodds.

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Water Treatment Plant staff L to R: Assistant Superintendent Dave Gammon, Maintenance Technician Mike Dodds, Student Operator Trey Kahl-Long, Superintendant Lyle Hammes, Maintenance Specialist Kevin Deal, Operator Gary Eshelman, Operator Scott Harter, Operator Marc Empson, Operator Trevor Kleppe, Senior Operator Mike Buns 

Water Plant and W&PC Administration Staff L to R: Environmental Engineer Neil Weiss, Director John Dunn, Secretary Kati Pierce, Assistant Superintendent Dave Gammon, Student Operator Trey Kahl-Long, Maintenance Technician Mike Dodds, Superintendent Lyle Hammes, Maintenance Specialist Kevin Deal, Operator Gary Eshelman, Operator Scott Harter, Operator Marc Empson, Operator Trevor Kleppe, Operator Mike Buns, Environmental Specialist Dustin Albrecht, Assistant Director Christina Murphy, Environmental Engineer/Project Manager Kris Evans 


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