Dredging, new pumps at water and sewer plant

Published 1:51 pm Thursday, January 23, 2020

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Tryon to spend $16k on new pumps; $23,500 to dredge pond

TRYON—Town of Tryon officials decided this week to spend $16,000 on new pumps below the wastewater treatment plant and another $23,500 to dredge the alum pond at the water plant. 

Tryon Town Council met Tuesday and approved contracts for new pumps and the dredging. 

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Tryon Town Manager Zach Ollis said the pumps at the wastewater treatment plant are 31 years old. The pumps are two submersible pumps. 

“The current pumps have failed and we need to replace them,” Ollis said. “The previous pair were in use for over 31 years.” 

Council also approved dredging the alum pond below the water treatment plant for $23,500. The town approved the lowest bid from Spricer On-Call Services out of Gilbert, S.C. to dredge the pond. 

The plan is to bring in four 30-yard dewatering bags to place around the pond and dewater approximately 120 cubic yards of sludge into bags, which will then be left on the banks to dry. 

The contractor said if removal is needed, they will give the town a quote at that time for removal. It is expected to take three weeks of running the pumps to fill the bags.