ELYRIA — A $3.5 million project to improve both water flow and capacity at the city’s water treatment plant will go out to bid and contract once City Council approves it.
Council’s Utilities, Safety and Environment Committee on Wednesday sent to full Council a report and draft ordinance recommending it authorize Mayor Holly Brinda’s office to advertise for bids and enter into a contract for improvements at the plant.
The cost of the project, not to exceed $3.5 million, will allow for the installation of baffles and sludge collectors and allow the city to pump more water and sell more water to customers, City Engineer John Schneider told the committee.
The equipment will allow the water treatment plant to treat the water better, increase capacity and make it easier to treat the water, Schneider said.
A study last year of the city’s water treatment capacity also led city officials to the conclusion that they could increase daily treatment capacity from 22 million gallons to 30 million gallons, Schneider and Water Plant Superintendent Sam Jacobs said.
The money for the project already has been appropriated from the capital water fund, said Councilwoman Donna Mitchell, D-6th Ward and chair of the committee.
The city provides treated water from Lake Erie not just to Elyria, but also the cities of Amherst and North Ridgeville, the Northern Ohio Rural Water Authority and several townships.
Annual city water quality reports required by the Clean Water Act that describe the treatment process and contaminant levels are available at the city website at cityofelyria.org.
In other business, the committee approved sending to Council a recommendation to allow for the disposal of 950 broken and unusable sanitation carts, some of which are a decade old.
Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka said the 950 carts are “barely worth $1 apiece,” but if returned to the manufacturer will be converted into credit on future purchases of the plastic carts residents use to dispose of trash and recycling.
Some of the carts were originals first rolled out in 2009 and 2010, and have “outlived their useful lives,” Siwierka said.
City crews remove the carts from circulation when they break or become too worn from exposure to the elements or heavy items placed inside by residents, she said, and residents also sometimes request new carts when they become worn out. The manufacturer will pick up the carts the city wants to get rid of, saving the city shipping or delivery costs, Siwierka said.