The Flow Never Stops
Back at the sewage plant, work began in March with demolition to make room for a new solid waste removal building. The existing "equipment is worn out, and we'll be lucky to get through two years without it breaking down," Amicangelo says. "So we have to do that first." They'll remove the unused incinerator, rebuilding the area it occupied with new plate and frame machines, and then refit the rest of the building.
Then it's on to the new West Plant, with a hoped-for start next February. The project should take five years.
"But when we're all done," concludes Amicangelo, "we'll have a system that'll be good until 2025"--when it'll be time to replace the East Plant. But a new generation of engineers will have to worry about that one. "By that time," Amicangelo laughs, "I plan to be retired."
[Originally published in April, 2009.]