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Ryan Co. awarded wastewater plant renovation contract

October 17, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — The City Council here awarded a contract to the Ryan Co. of San Diego to construct phase two of renovations to the city wastewater treatment plant for $4,231,770.

The Ryan Co. is completing phase one of the wastewater plant renovations, which involves installing influent line and aerators.

Funding for the wastewater plant upgrade has been provided by the North American Development Bank, the federal Economic Development Administration and the city of Brawley. The EDA will fund $1,716,342 and NADB will fund $2,515,425 for the second phase.

The council also approved paying the Regional Water Quality Control Board $6,000 for a violation of toxicity discharge into the New River from the wastewater plant.

The city has received five violations from the water quality board since January. The first three were without fines but every violation thereafter is $3,000 multiplied by the number of violations.

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Since this was the second violation, the penalty amount is $6,000.

Mayor Wayne Johnson asked Public Works Director Manuel Aceves why the city has a problem with the toxins.

Aceves said the city is conducting tests to reach an answer but those involved suspect ammonia is the culprit.

Aceves also said he is confident the city will not be fined again because the aerators recently installed by the Ryan Co. came online 10 days ago.

He said the plant's aerators were turned off for five months while they were being installed. All 18 aerators are now working.

He said their is now substantial clarity in the pond waters.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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