PF breaking ground on wastewater plant

Apr. 29, 2013 @ 12:01 AM

City officials and contractor representatives will gather Monday morning to break ground on the $27.7 million wastewater treatment plant in the baseball field area of the original City Park off Library Road.

The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking, beginning at 8:45 a.m.

“The existing plant is at capacity for what it was designed for,” Public Works Director Mark Miller said. “There’s been a lot of growth in Pigeon Forge and we’re going to need the additional capacity. Also the existing plant is 35 years old, and that’s about as long as the equipment is supposed to last, so it’s not as energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly and needs to be replaced.”

The new plant is approximately 1.5 times larger than the current plant. It will allow the city to irrigate athletic fields at Wear Farm City Park, which opened in March.

“Technology has changed a lot since the first one was built,” Miller said. “This plant is more efficient and uses less energy and electricity.”

Mayor David Wear said the new plant will have odor-reducing technology and will allow the water to be recycled.

“The important thing about this plant is we have new technology that does two things for us: control odor and reuse water,” Wear said. “It’s going to preserve water as a resource here in Pigeon Forge, and it means we’re going to continue to grow here. We’re excited about it.”

Judy Construction Co., of Cynthiana, Ky., is the project’s general contractor, and the Knoxville-based Smith-Seckman-Reid is the consulting engineer.

Miller said construction will begin in May. The expected completion date is June 2016, and the old plant will remain in use until then.

n rhargett@themountainpress.com