Contract 18-1: Primary Clarifier Concrete Restoration Project
Designed by AECOM, Inc.
Underground Primary Clarifier ©SESD
Underground Primary Clarifier ©SESD

The District, in conjunction with AECOM Technical Services, Inc. and Corrosion Probe, Inc., conducted a planning study and preliminary design for the rehabilitation of the primary clarifiers. As part of the study, AECOM developed a recommended repair alternative to remove deteriorated concrete with a high-pressure water jet to a suitable depth to prevent future degradation. Deteriorated concrete will be repaired and a new concrete coating system applied over the existing concrete above the water line within the tanks and the associated influent and effluent channels. The new coating system is designed to prevent future hydrogen sulfide corrosion. New chains will be installed, and refurbishment of the sludge collection system will improve long-term operational reliability.

Primary Clarifier Restoration in Progress ©SESD
Primary Clarifier Restoration in Progress ©SESD
The primary clarifiers are an important part of the treatment process and are responsible for removing approximately 35% of influent Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) and more than 60% of Suspended Solids from the wastewater that enters the treatment plant. The primary clarifiers reduce the load requiring additional treatment. This helps plant effluent to meet or exceed secondary treatment permit standards before discharge into Salem Sound. These tanks are completely covered and below a lawn area to reduce the potential for odor generation.

The District awarded Contract 18-1 Primary Clarifier Concrete Restoration to Methuen Construction Company, Inc. in June 2021. The overall project is anticipated to take 28 months to complete. This project is funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan program.

Contract 15-2: Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades
Designed by AECOM, Inc.

On July 7th, Methuen Construction Company, Inc. was awarded the contract for this project. The scope includes 18 upgrade projects around the treatment plant. Some of the most significant upgrades include the replacement of the boilers in the Process Building, replacement of the High Head Effluent Pump VFDs, replacement of the air conditioning unit for the Effluent Pump Station, replacement and painting of plant water and sprinkler piping in the Primary Pump Room and tunnels, and replacement of the hydrogen peroxide bulk storage tanks. This project will improve our plant’s overall reliability and condition.

New Boiler Installed December 30, 2020 © SESD
New Boiler Installed December 30, 2020 © SESD
Install Team for New Boiler Room #4 © SESD
Install Team for New Boiler Room #4 © SESD