Troy is getting a new wastewater treatment plant.
Just southeast of downtown, a few feet away from the current plant, the city is building a more modern structure on Bueneman Lane. The $22-million project is targeted for completion next June, and the plant is expected to be operational by the fall of 2021.
Troy Mayor Ron Sconce said as the population of the city grows, and new construction booms, the current wastewater treatment plants could no longer handle the additional responsibilities that come with growth.
“We started looking at what the needs of the community were,” Sconce said. “We had a facility that was 30 years old – and another one that was 12 years old – and neither was doing the current needs of the community, so we had to build a new one.”
Therefore, Sconce and the Board of Aldermen began looking for options for a new treatment plant. With the assistance of an industrial architecture firm, the decade-long project began in earnest.
“We went through eight to 10 roads to go through what we wanted to do, and hit a lot of dead ends in the process,” Sconce said. “Plus, we wanted the right designs and acquire the funding we needed.
“It took a long time.”
Sconce also said obtaining archaeological studies, building permits, water studies, among others things also took time before construction began on the project.
“When you seen the size of the project, you realize how long it took to put together,” he said.
As Troy grows in population and in area, the new wastewater treatment plant will be able to handle much more water as time passes, according to Sconce.
“When we finish construction and the plant is operational, we will be seeing up to 4.5 million gallons of water run through the plant,” Sconce said. “Studies have said to us with our growth rate it should serve us for the next 30 years.”