Mayo Sewage Upgrades Begin Phase One Construction
An alert Source reader, Patricia Boarman, recently found that Howard Robinson, Inc. had applied to increase the existing allocation of groundwater to facilitate construction at the Mayo Reclamation Facility, located at 551 Pure Water Way in Edgewater.
What this means in plain English is that someone wants to increase the amount of water they are taking up from aquifers in Mayo for a construction project. The application asked to draw approximately an extra 10,000 gallons of water per day.
Boarman’s concern was that if the water allocation for one location was doubled, then what would happen to the rest of the residential wells/home water supplies in Mayo? Would wells in the area dry up? Would Mayo residents suddenly find themselves with no running water?
We reached out to spokesman Matt Diehl, who told us that indeed Howard Robinson, Inc. had put in a request to double the existing groundwater allocation to upgrade the Mayo Sewage Treatment Facility. Department of Public Works
Diehl said that the Phase I work on the treatment facility involves excavation, and that requires the contractor to manage groundwater they expect to encounter.
“It is typical for contractors to do this by installing well-points in the immediate area to temporarily lower the groundwater in the immediate vicinity of the excavation,” Diehl said.
Diehl said the work should not impact residential wells.
Diehl also included a work list for Phase I:
- Accelerate replacement of limited operational components given delays to Expansion/ENR Project.
- No Expansion Related Upgrades – Moratorium remains in place
- Phase 1 Upgrade – needed for systems near the end of useful life
- Main Pump Station – pump replacements
- Two covered flow equalization tanks
- Ultra-Violet Disinfection System replacement
- Upgrade Electrical Distribution System
- Emergency Back-up Power
- Upgrade System Controls (SCADA)