the Project study
This new facility is a membrane filtration plant containing 1,920 separate filters, treating an average of 9,000,000 gallons of water a day. The scope included construction of a new building, installation of all water treatment equipment, rehabilitation of existing usable facilities, all associated piping, high service pumps, finish water storage tanks, site development, drainage, and utilities.
With the previous water treatment facility built nearly 35 years ago, critics complained of occasional issues with the water such as odor and taste due to algae in lower Saginaw Bay. Continuing problems had been experienced with bay water because of low levels. Heavy treatment was often required, especially during summer months, causing a chemical taste and turbidity in the water. The new plant treats water from a Lake Huron intake near Augres. The construction of the project was coordinated with two, 2-mile long raw water main extensions to tie into the plant.