Project Overview

The city council decided that the city would be better served to invest in a new wastewater facility than to upgrade its existing facility in order to comply with the terms of the DNR’s phosphorous removal requirements. The new plant will employ a biological phosphorous removal process that will limit the presence of phosphorous in the wastewater to one part per million, a considerable improvement in terms of environmental impact from the existing facility, which uses a chemical treatment process and only achieves the standard of 3.5 parts per million.

The new facility will employ a variety of other “green” processes that will limit environmental impact and make for a cleaner discharge of wastewater into the Wisconsin River. Rather than using chlorine, it will use ultra-violet lamps to disinfect the water of viruses and bacteria. The new facility’s bio-active phosphorous removal process will rely on heat generated from the methane produced in the process, saving energy costs. The facility will also create a solid-waste by-product that will qualify as Class A sludge, a material that can be mixed with top soil for use as a fertilizer. The project was funded through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Environmental Market Leader

Patrick Nate / Vice President, Industrial Operations, Environmental
920.969.7026
patrick.nate@miron-construction.com

Owner:

City of Rhinelander

Completion:

July 2011

Architect / Engineer:

Town & Country Engineering

Awards:

  • 2012 Build Wisconsin Award presented by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Wisconsin

In their words…

“I think Miron Construction has done a great job making sure this project has kept moving along. It’s a great project.” – John Zatopa, Wastewater Superintendent, City of Rhinelander