City of Greensburg breaks ground on new water treatment plant
More efficient and safer plant to meet region’s growing residential and commercial water needs over the next two decades
The City of Greensburg today broke ground for construction of a new, $20 million water treatment plant that will increase the city’s capacity to meet the region’s projected growth of residential and commercial water needs. Construction of the plant, adjacent to current water treatment facilities at 1105 North Ireland St., will be complete in 2022 and deliver efficiency and safety improvements that will benefit both workers and customers.
“The city’s existing treatment facilities, built in the 1950s and 1970s, have exceeded their useful lifespan and the region’s growth demands a new investment in our water infrastructure,” said Dan Manus, mayor of the City of Greensburg, who led today’s ceremonial groundbreaking at the project site. “The new facility will nearly double treatment capacity and modernizes operations to better serve customers, protect workers and ensure our water needs are met for decades to come.”
The new plant will replace the two original treatment facilities. A third plant, built in the late 2000s, will remain operational to complement it. When complete, the new treatment plant will feature operational redundancies that minimize the risk of costly service outages. A new chemical feed system also will minimize hazards to plant workers.
Today’s groundbreaking is the culmination of many years of planning and collaboration between local governments and regional stakeholders, including residents and businesses. The City of Greensburg and Decatur County Redevelopment Commissions both provided financing to offset rate increases to support new construction. HNTB Corporation, an infrastructure solutions firm, designed the plant and will manage its construction. Wilhelm Construction is the project’s contractor.
“We’ve been part of the Greensburg community for years and are proud to be on the team building for its future,” said Darren Burkhart, construction manager for HNTB. “Infrastructure is foundational for economic vibrancy, and the new treatment plant positions Greensburg strongly for a bright future.”