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Groundbreaking ceremony for the Leesburg sewage treatment plant project

A ground-breaking ceremony for Leesburg’s Turnpike Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvement and Expansion Project is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, May 5 onsite at 1600 CR 470 in Okahumpka.

Leesburg’s $20 million Turnpike Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvement and Expansion Project increased the treatment facility’s capacity from 3 million to 4.5 million gallons per day.

The $20 million venture increased the processing facility’s capacity from 3 million to 4.5 million gallons per day. Many electrical upgrades were also made to increase the plant’s resilience to power outages, extreme weather conditions and natural disasters, as well as improve effluent water quality.

“We are excited to see this phase of the plant expansion up and running,” said City Manager Al Minner. “Ensuring our city’s infrastructure keeps pace with development is critical to the successful growth of our region and this project is an important part of that.

The project was designed by the joint Dewberry-Hydro and Carollo wastewater engineering team and was constructed by Wharton-Smith, Inc. General Contractors.

Financial assistance was provided by the St. Johns River Water Management District in the form of a $1.5 million water quality improvement grant.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony. For more information, call the Public Works Department at 352-435-9442.