Panama City approves $2 million system for water treatment plant

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Florida Construction News staff writer

Panama City commissioners approved building a $2 million UV disinfection system at the Millville wastewater treatment facility.

Officials also are undertaking a $1.5 million relocation study of the Millville plant, which McQueen said is “very vulnerable to damage” from hurricanes.

The project, including replacement of the existing UV disinfection system was awarded to J&P Construction of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Funding will come from State Revolving Funds loans.

The 72-year-old plant has been vulnerable to damage since Hurricane Michael and the UV system no longer meets permitting standards.

City officials said this decision will help bring the entire system up to state standards and is necessary to ensure proper treatment of sewage.

The DEP already gave the city one extension on the project. Contractors must install the new UV equipment before the city’s consent order is up in December.

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