Montgomery County, Ky kicks off construction on $65M sewer project

(UC) — The Montgomery County Sewer Modernization and Revitalized Treatment (SMART) Project broke ground at the Western Regional Water Reclamation Facility (WRWRF) on Wednesday. The construction includes a new pump station on Dryden Road and a pretreatment facility at WRWRF.

The pump will help push millions of gallons of wastewater so it can be treated at the reclamation facility. An average of 20 million gallons of wastewater is handled by the county’s water reclamation facilities a day. The $65 million project is the largest Montgomery County has invested in, to date.

In 2021, about 7.5 billion gallons of wastewater were treated by the Western and Eastern Water Reclamation Facilities, county officials said.

The County has provided water and sewer services for citizens for nearly 100 years. The pump, to be installed on Dryden Road, will help counteract gravity by pushing the millions of gallons of wastewater that go through the pump station, out and under the river, past the Moraine airfield, and end at the WRWRF.

County Administrator Michael Colbert explained that the County operates and maintains 1,200 miles of sewer lines. “To put that into perspective,” Colbert said, “it is 1,200 miles from here to Denver, Colorado.”

“We have to stay on top of our maintenance to keep those lines functioning and replace them when needed,” he said. “And that’s where local businesses and a capable workforce come into play.”

Local company, Ulliman Schutte was awarded the $65 million contract. Lieberman praised Ulliman Schutte for incorporating minority, disadvantaged and under-advantaged contractors and subcontractors into the project.

“It is projects like this one that really show off our County’s talented workforce,” said Lieberman. “It also shows that it takes teamwork to pull off large projects like this.”

The project is expected to be completed in 2024.

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