MUB hosts groundbreaking ceremony for its Star City Wastewater Treatment Plant
In recognition of the upcoming $101.3 million dollar upgrade to the Morgantown Utility Board (MUB) Star City Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), MUB hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the plant on Thursday, February 2, 2017.
According to MUB General Manager Tim ball, the investment in the plant is important in ensuring Morgantown’s success now and long into the future.
“This upgrade is important for a number of reasons. Foremost, it provides us with state-of-the-art treatment processes that will help us meet an increasingly stringent regulatory environment,” Ball said.
“This is critical understanding that much of the equipment is obsolete. While the plant has been updated here and there, the design and many of the structures are 52-years old. By any engineering standard, that’s remarkable and speaks extremely well of the staff that maintains it and operates it on a daily basis.”
In addition, the upgrades are being done with the area’s future in mind.
“Perhaps more importantly, because the upgrade increases plant capacity from 12 million gallons a day to nearly 21 million gallons day, the plant will not only meet the current needs of our area but future growth as well,” he said. “What’s more, these upgrades are being done in a manner that will allow the plant to be expanded at far lower incremental costs when the eventual need arises.”
Balls adds that the upgrades demonstrate why the Morgantown area continues to prosper.
“Today’s investments are truly investments in our future. This upgrades demonstrates vision and commitment to Morgantown’s future by both MUB’s board of directors and our city council. This is something in which the entire community can take pride,” he said.