Pleasanton's city management has stepped up the game by hiring Garcia Infrastructure Consultants to revamp phase II of its aging Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The plant, which dates back to 1983, has only seen two major overhauls in its lifetime, with the last expansion reaching back to 2002. Fast forward to 2024, and we're looking at a facility that's running with gear more than two decades old. According to a news release by the City of Pleasanton, the plant's upgrades are deemed vital to cope with the community's anticipated growth.
With Schneider Electric already plugging away at Phase I, the baton has been passed to Garcia to continue the relay. The facility, currently underused at 60% of its capacity, is groaning under the weight of its advancing years. To break it down, the WWTP that originally chugged along at .750 MGD is barely pushing .850 MGD today. In non-technical speak, that's the amount of waste daily flowing through the plant's tired pipes. Officials are prepping to not only tune up the aging machinery but also to get the city ready to potentially construct a second treatment plant. They're positioning themself to keep pace with the population's curveball and sidestep a sewage system slide into obsolescence.
Under the watchful eyes of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the city dodged needing to dramatically expand its facilities for decades, pinching pennies in the process. But as City Manager Johnny Huizar points out, “The city was obligated to upgrade its old equipment as it had reached the end of its useful life, leading to high maintenance costs," in a statement according to a city news release. Sticking to tradition, Pleasanton's bigwigs are now mining for alternative funding sources before digging into the city's loan options.
The master plan is to drag the current WWTP into the 21st century—hooking the place up with the latest and greatest kit. We're talking a serious face-lift: new equipment, automated processes, and getting the infrastructure to sing in tune with today's demands. It's a proactive punch to ensure the city doesn't end up getting caught with its pipes down. If all goes as planned, design and construction could be in the pipes as soon as fiscal year 25-26. Peering into the fiscal crystal ball, the cost for Phase I's performance is pegged at around $6.9 million, but Garcia’s got their work cut out for them to pin down the bucks needed for Phase II, once they deliver the Preliminary Information Form (PIF).