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Fredericksburg Closer To Approval Of Wastewater Project: Report

Patch logo Patch 3 days ago Mark Hand
a person standing in front of a body of water: Fredericksburg City Council voted Tuesday to continue the planning process for replacing its old wastewater treatment plant. © Shutterstock Fredericksburg City Council voted Tuesday to continue the planning process for replacing its old wastewater treatment plant.

FREDERICKSBURG, VA — Fredericksburg City Council voted Tuesday to continue the planning process for replacing its old wastewater treatment plant, a project that would be the most expensive capital project in the city's history, the Free Lance-Star reported Thursday. Fredricksburg and Spotsylvania County have been negotiating consolidation of watewater treatment operations at Spotsylvania's newer and larger Massaponax plant, according to the newspaper.

The entire project, which includes closing the old plant, would cost the city an estimated $65.7 million, the Free Lance-Star said.

Fredericksburg treats wastewater at a city-owned plant off Beulah Salisbury Road behind Dixon Park. The plant, built in the 1950s, has been upgraded twice. The plant can treat up to 4.5 million gallons of wastewater per day. But the city says the plant needs to either be closed or upgraded in the next five to 10 years, according to the newspaper.

The city also sends about 1 million gallons of wastewater per day to Spotsylvania’s FMC plant, which was built in the 1930s just downriver from the city’s plant.

The Massaponax plant was constructed before 1980 and upgraded in 2001. Fredericksburg Assistant City Manager Doug Fawcett told the Free Lance-Star that the Massaponax plant is the most efficient of the three facilities and has newer technology. The treatment plant can remove substantially more nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment before sending treated water into the Rappahannock River, he said.

The Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors will consider approving a similar resolution at its Feb. 25 meeting, according to the Free Lance-Star report.

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