Officials are expected to award a contract soon for expansion of the Fitzgerald Creek sewage treatment plant near Woodstock.

According to officials with the Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority, the Fitzgerald Creek reclamation plant will have space added to one of the facility’s buildings, while additional wastewater processing equipment will be installed at the site once a contractor is chosen and a contract drawn up for the project.

“CCWSA is planning on expanding the Fitzgerald Creek Reclamation Facility De-watering Building and adding another belt press,” authority Public Information Officer Lori Forrester said this week in an email. “The second belt press will allow the Fitzgerald Creek Reclamation Facility to better keep up with sludge production.”

Other work will include relocating equipment at the facility and improving some of the electrical and instrumentation systems, according to the request for bids.

Sealed bids were accepted for the project until April 10. Forrester said the authority’s engineers are evaluating the bids to determine which proposal to accept. Once one of the bids has been accepted, she said work could begin within the next two months.

“The contractors have one year to complete the project from the start date,” Forrester said. “The estimated cost of the project is $2.5 million.”

The Fitzgerald Creek facility was opened in 1987 and underwent an upgrade in 2008, according to the CCWSA.

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