EDMONDS, Wash. (AP) — Construction on a $93 million sewage treatment plant in south Snohomish County is nearly two years behind schedule and $400,000 over budget.
Work at the Alderwood Water & Wastewater District's sewage treatment plant site between Edmonds and Mukilteo is expected to wrap up in the next few months. The project was supposed to be finished two summers ago.
The Everett Herald reports ( http://tinyurl.com/ccfvxhx ) that the roof on the solids-handling building leaks, and there's still trouble with a major piece of equipment that processes waste. Without that equipment, the district has had to truck waste from the site to other plants in the region. The Herald reports that records show that alone cost nearly $1 million in 2012.
Work began in 2008 to double the plant's sewage-treatment capacity.
Nancy Davidson, capital projects manager with the Alderwood Water & Wastewater District, said delays were caused by disagreements with the contractor, Kennewick-based Apollo, Inc., and damage from an on-site explosion last year.
The water district in late January signed a new agreement with Apollo to sort out remaining points of contention, including the leaking roof, Davidson said.
The agreement settled a few disputes that otherwise might have ended up in court, according to the water district and Apollo.
"We agreed to disagree on a few areas and found a middle ground to avoid that process," Apollo vice president Dan Briscoe said.
The equipment problems are related to the site's drier, an appliance similar to a conveyor-belt oven. The device heats and dries waste for disposal, fertilizer and other uses. The agreement removed the drier from Apollo's contract. The water district has hired another contractor to finish that part of the work.