The new waste-water treatment facility plant in Dell Rapids in nearing final completion. The Dell Rapids City Council approved the release of 50% of the retainer to KCH Construction they kept on the project during their regular meeting on Monday, June 4th. The release of half of those retainer funds brings the project one step closer to final completion. The $5.5 million project started in late 2015.
KCH Construction has been operating the plant over the last few weeks and has been discharging into lagoon four.
“From all we can tell with some of the minimal amount of sampling we’ve had the ability to do up to this point, it’s starting to treat, but it’s not fully there. Everything in the plant is operating accordingly,” said City Administrator Justin Weiland during the council meeting.
Tweaks and updates are still being made to try to get the microbes working a little better. A few other items also remain on the project, but they are minimal punch list items and clean-up around the site according to Weiland.
The Dell Rapids City Council is scheduled to tour the new facility prior to their next meeting on June 18th.
The city has also hired a new operator of the facility in Ryan Fods. Fods will also serve as a part-time public works employee along with operating the new waste-water treatment facility.