By Wayne Schutsky for East Valley Tribune
The Greenfield Water Reclamation Plant will undergo a $48M expansion to increase capacity and provide increased wastewater treatment services for Mesa and Gilbert.
Mesa, Gilbert and Queen Creek share ownership of the plant, which began as a lift station in 1999. The facility later underwent a Phase II conversion to a reclamation plant.
The current project is part of the facility’s Phase III expansion and will increase the plant’s capacity by 14 million gallons to 30 million gallons of liquids per day. Ten million of those gallons are allotted to Mesa and 4 million are allotted to Gilbert.
Queen Creek will not receive additional gallons under the current expansion. The town determined that its current allotment is sufficient to serve the community under current growth projections until a Phase IV expansion at a later date, according to a report prepared for the Gilbert Town Council by Gilbert Project Supervisor Jeanne M. Jensen.
The three municipalities share expenses associated with the facility. Mesa will pay $29,044,721 toward the current project from 2014 approved wastewater bonds.
Gilbert will pay $15,495,334.
The total Phase III expansion cost is pegged at around $215M and will be proportionally split among all three municipalities. Of that total, Queen Creek’s obligation is currently $16M, according to information provided by the town.
In an addition to increased capacity, the expansion will include new technologies that will improve the plant’s reliability and lower operating costs.
Construction will start in November and is expected to complete in the summer of 2020.
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