Bellingham wastewater treatment plant dedication set for Tuesday

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 22, 2014 

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The arches of the secondary clarifier are reflected in the water being treated at the Post Point Wastewater Treatment plant March 15, 2010.

PHILIP A. DWYER — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD Buy Photo

BELLINGHAM - The public is invited to celebrate the completed expansion of the Post Point Wastewater Treatment Plant at a dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 24.

After a ribbon cutting, cake will be served and public officials and project staff will lead tours of the new facilities, as well as explain the treatment process.

The plant is located at 200 McKenzie Ave.

The plant, built in 1973 and upgraded in 1993, treats millions of gallons of wastewater citizens produce each day from activities like showering and flushing toilets. The benign water is then dumped into the bay.

Construction for the current upgrade started in 2012. The project expanded secondary treatment processes in the largest public works project Bellingham has ever done. The estimated final construction cost is $49.2 million, said Freeman Anthony, a project engineer for Public Works.

With a few other small upgrades in the coming years, likely to total around $1 million for the primary treatment system, the plant should be able to treat all of the city's wastewater for the next 20 years or longer as the city's population continues to grow, Anthony said.

"The most valuable asset this town actually owns is that plant," Anthony said.

Tours likely won't go inside the plant itself, but attendees can walk through access roads as staff point out the new features, such as a new odor control unit, which will significantly decrease the smell coming off the plant, Anthony said.

Reach Samantha Wohlfeil at 360-715-2274 or Samantha.Wohlfeil@bellinghamherald.com.

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