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June 12, 2014

Authority awards contract for tank construction

NEW CASTLE — The New Castle Sanitation Authority has awarded a contract to a Youngstown firm to construct a one-million-gallon tank.

A.P. O’Horo Co. submitted a bid of $1,884,000 for the flow equalization tank by the sewage treatment plant in Mahoningtown. The company was the lowest of five bidders.

Richard Christofer, authority executive director, said the bid is under the estimated cost of $2 million.

Construction is expected to begin around July 1 with the majority of the work to be completed by the end of this year, he said.

Under a consent order issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the authority is required to give primary and secondary treatment to everything flowing through the plant.

The authority did not have to provide secondary treatment for all sewage prior to the consent order. Flows exceeding 18 million gallons per day were allowed to bypass secondary treatment.

Flows periodically exceed the 18-million-gallon level as the result of infiltration of storm water into the sanitary lines.

The new tank will capture the excess water, which will be given primary and secondary treatment.

A state H2O grant is covering half the cost and the authority is paying the other half.

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