BY JUDY SHERIDAN
The expansion of the City of Aledo’s 20-year-old wastewater treatment plant — which came online late last year — has won kudos again, this time from the Texas Municipal League.
At an annual conference in Austin Oct. 8-11, the League presented city officials with the 2013 Municipal Excellence Award in Public Works for cities with a population of less than 25,000.
“It is a great honor for the City of Aledo to receive this award,” City Administrator Ken Pfeifer said.
Aledo’s project was one of four contenders, Rachael Pitts, Director of Member Services, said, and bested others that dealt with water conservation and water and wastewater lines.
“I was there when the judges were deliberating,” she said. “I think they were impressed that the project was completed early and under budget, especially with the constricted site and steep slope.”
The newly expanded plant, located at Barnwell Road and Howard Way, adjacent to a residential subdivision, is the first in Texas to employ ultraviolet microwave-powered disinfection and has the latest odor-control provisions.
The new facility doubles the flow capability of the old one, provides for expansion at build out and meets current treatment standards.
Pitts said the main reason TML recognizes cities for their achievements is to promote information sharing.
“It’s about another city learning something,” she said, “It’s about whether it can be easily duplicated in another city.”
In June, the city’s state-of-the-art expansion received Project of the Year: Environmental, in the $5 million to $25 million category, from the Texas chapter of the American Public Works Association.