MINER -- Miner's new lagoon will be smaller but more effective.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new wastewater lagoon was held Friday.
The new lagoon will be 200 feet wide and 600 feet long, according to Norman Lambert, city engineer.
"The old one is probably 300 by 600," Lambert said. "The old one is larger but all it has is blowers and a diffuser on the bottom. It is probably only working at about half of its original capacity."
Lambert said the city is required by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to replace the lagoon due to new standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Work on the lagoon is being done by G and C Contracting of Perryville, the low bidder on the project, for $1,304,900.
"He will move some dirt-moving equipment in there probably in the middle of April," Lambert said.
While the contract requires the work to be completed within a year, "I suspect they will be finished before fall is out," Lambert said.
Both the new lagoon and the one it will replace are for the most part above ground with earth dikes containing the water in a number of cells for different stages in the treatment process.
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