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Sarasota News Leader November 23, 2012 CITY LIFT STATION REHABILITATION TO START NOV. 26 On Monday, Nov. 26, contractors will begin re- habilitating Lift Station 16, located at 34 South Gulfstream Ave. in downtown Sarasota, the city has announced. The project involves upgrading the electrical panels and instrumentation as well as replac- ing the pumps and internal piping, which will enhance the reliability of the city's infrastruc- ture, a city news release says. Minimal impact is expected to residents, pedestrians and mo- torists, the release notes. The rehabilitation work will include the re- placement of the existing pumps with new higher-capacity pumps and a new electric motor control center to transport wastewater more efficiently to the wastewater treatment facility, the release points out. New standby diesel emergency pumps will be installed to replace the existing generator in case the sta- tion pumps should fail. A new odor control system also will be in- stalled, the release says. These new facilities will be contained within the existing lift sta- tion structure. The status of all the major com- ponents will be monitored remotely 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the release adds. During construction, a temporary odor con- trol system will be in place to minimize any localized issues, the release notes. New land- scaping — including trees, shrubs and plant- ings — also will be provided around the Lift Station 16 site. The rehab work is the second of a two- phase project, the release points out. A new, much-needed forcemain was installed earlier this year. This $1.6 million utility construction project is one of many infrastructure improvement proj- ects planned or already under construction as envisioned by the City of Sarasota's $89 million Utilities Department Capital Improve- ment Program, the release says. This program has been undertaken to ensure that the city's water, wastewater and reclaimed water sys- tems remain sustainable by upgrading major components with state-of-the-art equipment and materials, the release adds. "This upgrade program will help mitigate the potential for environmental impacts of potential system malfunctions associated with or caused by an aging infrastructure," the release points out. Page 39 A construction fence surrounds materials for the Hudson Bayou lift station work near Mound Street in Sarasota. That project remains stalled. Photo by Norman Schimmel

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