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Monroe Environmental Saves City of Detroit Millions of Dollars on WWTP Upgrades

Project: Replacement of Four 250 ft. Diameter Primary Clarifiers

Challenge

The City of Detroit WWTP needed to upgrade (4) of its 250 ft. primary clarifiers. The plant decided to replace the internal components with a combination of mild, coated steel and non-corrosive stainless steel members. The project included converting the sludge rakes to higher efficiency spiral scrapers and rehabilitating existing drive units, as well as replacing influent wells, column supports, weirs, baffles, and launders.

Solution

Due to the size of the clarifiers and the amount of steel involved, the budget estimate for the clarifier components and accompanying work was roughly $9,000,000.

Monroe Environmental met with plant personnel and consulting engineers to discuss the project. After reviewing design and fabrication options with Monroe, including the benefits of “The Monroe Method” and being a local Michigan manufacturer, the consulting engineer issued a project addendum specifying Monroe Environmental for the clarifier equipment.

Result

Monroe was the successful low-bidder and was awarded the project. The city saved several millions of dollars on the total price of the clarifier equipment, with Monroe’s contract totaling approximately $5,000,000. Engineering submittals including new spiral scraper rake designs, structural analysis, and related drawings were approved in the 3rd quarter of 2011 and fabrication of the equipment began shortly thereafter. The project was completed in 2014.

After: New weirs, baffles, and launders

Before: Upgrade of four 250 ft. Primary Clarifiers. The project included converting the sludge rakes to higher efficiency spiral scrapers and rehabilitating existing drive units, as well as replacing influent wells, column supports, weirs, baffles, and launders with a combination of mild, coated steel and non–corrosive stainless steel members.

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