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City upgrading sections of plumbing system

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Contractors are working to upgrade grinder pumps and plumbing at the Brazil Wastewater Treatment Plant Lift Station, located just north of the Clay County Humane Society. Jason Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
The City of Brazil is improving some of its plumbing problems.

Contractors have been working at the Lift Station of the Wastewater Treatment Plant for approximately four weeks to upgrade part of its pumping system.

"We had been having a lot of problems with the bypass/overflow system," Wastewater Supervisor Ron Hayes told The Brazil Times. "The system would overflow even with just two or three inches of rain and that presents a problem because it can cause things to back up into the city."

The biggest aspects of the upgrade are the pumps themselves.

"Our old system had grinder pumps that were only 98 horsepower," Hayes said. "The new pumps, which came from Germany, are 285 horsepower so they will be much more effective."

To accommodate for the increased power of the pumps, the pipes and check valves are also being replaced with larger ones.

"We are replacing pretty much all of the plumbing out there," Hayes said about the project, which is taking place just north of the Clay County Humane Society. "We are also installing a new generator as well."

Hayes said the contractors anticipate the project to be completed near the second week in September.

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