The City of Frostproof (City) operated a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP)from the mid-1950’s, which served approximately 280 business district customers. Although designed for 160,000 gallons per day, the system was never expanded as originally planned and had been operating at 70,000 gallons per day since startup. Due to the age, condition and the lack of redundancy in the treatment process, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) requested the City upgrade the facilities. The City selected Chastain-Skillman (CS) to upgrade and expand the system to accommodate City growth.
A four-phase, $16,000,000 program was developed which will provide sewer service to the entire city. A new 0.5 mgd sequencing batch reactor treatment plant is proposed to be constructed in two phases. The project also includes over 110,000 feet of sewer and force main, 20 lift stations, major sewer rehabilitation, and abandonment of the Frostproof High School WWTP.
Design and construction for Phase 1 of the new system included:
- 0.25 MGD SBR WWTP
- 28,000 LF sewer
- 3 lift stations
- 63 low pressure grinder stations
Phase 1 of the project was completed in 2004. CS assisted the City in obtaining a combination of commercial bonds and grants and loans from the RDA. SRF loans were used to construct 6,500 LF of sewer rehabilitation in 2007. Phase 2 and part of Phase 3 were constructed with SRF loans and Florida Legislative Grants, including 55,000 LF of sewer, and 12 lift stations.