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Ronceverte’s new waste water treatment plant taking shape

Workers have already removed topsoil and part of the next layer of dirt of the 90 by 192 foot site the reactor will occupy. With the help of a crane, shown above, a bucket loaded with concrete is used to fill in the basin of the VLR’s footprint. The construction project will eventually include three big concrete tanks, defined by the heavy-duty rebar shown sticking up 20-feet in the air.
Workers have already removed topsoil and part of the next layer of dirt of the 90 by 192 foot site the reactor will occupy. With the help of a crane, shown above, a bucket loaded with concrete is used to fill in the basin of the VLR’s footprint. The construction project will eventually include three big concrete tanks, defined by the heavy-duty rebar shown sticking up 20-feet in the air.

By Peggy Mackenzie

Bustling with activity, significant progress at Ronceverte’s waste water treatment plant is evident as it undergoes construction in preparation for the installation of the new vertical loop reactor (VLR). According to Project Engineer Eric Hartwell with Dunn Engineering, this is the first phase of a $24 million project to replace an aging treatment plant on the banks of the Greenbrier River. The plant is located on River Road across the river from the downtown area.

“The site is impressive,” said Ronceverte Mayor David Smith at the Monday night council meeting.

Dunn Engineer’s Elvis Canterbury, who serves as clerk of the works, together with contractor Terry Robinson with GM McCrossin Construction Co., are handling the construction process and expect the job to be completed by August of 2017.

The Ronceverte-owned sewer plant serves not only Ronceverte, but also Greenbrier County Public Service District No. 1, whose customer base includes Fairlea and Lewisburg.