The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 18, 1955 · Page 17
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 17

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, August 18, 1955
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August 18,1955 &lgona August 18,1955 Public to View New City Sewage Plant "Open House" at $340,000 Installation Next Sunday P.M. * * * * * * * * * Plant Operated Since June 2; Treated Over 50 Million Gallons • » » Guides To Take Visitors On Plant Tours * * * * * * The public will have an opportunity to see at first hand the now city sewage treatment plant, and its operation, when the official "open house" is held here next Sunday afternoon, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The plant built at a cost of $340,000. is located at the west edge of Algona, with entrance to the area thtough Blackford Park. Operator of the new sewage treatment plant is Jim Eyli. former member of the city police force, and he is as.sisti.-d in opera- ' tion of the plant by Fred Gronbach. One Of Mosl Modern The new Algona plant take? its place now as one of the most modern and up-to-date installations of its kind anywhere, and the Sunday afternoon tour will be well worthwhile for people in this area. The entire layout was designed by the prominent engineering firm of Buell & Winter, of Sioux City. Guided tours will be the method of inspection for Sunday afternoon visitors, who will s<-e and hear explained the entire plant operation, from the time sewage enters the plant area to the point where it is finally sent to the river as clear liquid. The plant, which has been in operation since June 2. is now operating at better than 90'", of efficiency, and according to operator Jim Egli, will even improve that record as time passes. Began Operation June 2 Also, according to Egli. more than 40 million gallons have pu<s- ed through the plant and have been treated since operation began on June 2. The equipment has been built to process about 3,500,000 gallons a day. Along with the plant itself, a new "collector sewer" .-yslcm was installed by the firm of Gjtllesald Associates, Inc., of Forest City, to re-route sewage to the plant from !he old sewers which forme: ly emptied directly into the river. In contrast, now the i iver receives only a clear liquid, free of organic material which was previously detrimental to the health of fish and animals, and in a more indirect way, to humans themselves. Open House Sunday All eiti/ens of the community are urged to attend the "Open House" at the plant next Sunday afternoon, and take advantage of the tours to set at first-hand this notable civic improvement. CONGRATULATIONS To The Citizens of Algona On the final completion of your new plant. It will prove to be a great asset to the community in future years. We Are Pleased To Have Installed The Collector Sewer SYSTEM FOR THE NEW ALGONA SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT Along with installation of the new sewage treatment plant itself in Algona, it was necessary to re-route sewage from the old system, which dumped directly into the river, to the new plant. This new system of "collector sewers" was installed by our firm, and help* to make the Algona installation one of the best in the country. We take pleasure in complimenting the city administration on having initiated and completed this far-sighted improvement, which cannot help but be a tremendouly valuable asset to the community in years to come. ASSOCIATES, Inc. Fprest City, Iowa Aerial View of Algona Sewage Plant The aerial view of the new Algona Sewage Treatment Plant, shown is one of the most modern set-ups of iis kind to be found in the nation. Tha above and taken by_TUls Isaacson from a plane flown by Stu Albright, gives new plant has been formally turned over to the City of Algona by the firm a general overall pElure of ..the new installation. The plant, located at the of Buell & Winter, consulting engineers, who designed the installation in west edge of Algona beyond Blackford Park, covers several acres in extent and its entirely. Masonry Cement Portland Cement Sewer Tile and A Major Portion of Construction Materials For the New Algona Plant Supplied by 'READY-MIX 1 OF ALGONA It was our pleasure to have been a part of this extremely worthy civic project, now completed and in operation. Our firm supplied a major portion of the materials that went into construction work on the project, and the building facilities that house the complex machinery. We commend this modern plant to you as citizens of the community, and along with others urge your attendance at the open house. CONCRETE & LUMBER CO. ALGONA, IOWA "Phone 166 For Ready-Mix" ANOTHER PRATT ELECTRIC CONTRACT Successfully Completed ELECTRICAL CONTRACT For New Algona Sewage Plant Performed By PRATT Electric Construction Co. AIGONA, IOWA Sufficient To Serve City For 25 Years At Normal Rate of Growth The new Algnna Sewage Treatment Plant, now officially in pos.iession of the City of Alji<ma after having been turned over by the engineers of the project, has bin n de-i^ned and built to serve the city with it.-: present equipment for about twenty-five years without changes or additions. This mean.- a plant that can normally receive and process about 3.500,000 K-lions of sewage a day. Highly Efficient To _;:\v an idea of just how bi^ and valuable an operation this is, plant opt-iat'ir Jim Egh reports that the sewage coming into the plant from the collector sewer system requires about 438 parts of oxygen per million parts, and when it leaves the plant it requires less than forty parts per million. About a 91 per cent effective treatment has taken place in plant operation over pa-t weeks since June 2. This is above the average for sewage treatment plants, and Egli expresses the opinion that the plant should he capable of running at 95 or 9(i','I> uf efficiency rate before long. Big Improvement Before this plant was built anj in working condition, this large amount of organic material wa;' going directly into the Oe? Moines river, where it was detrimental in the welfare of fish and animals. Such sewage contains typhoid, cholera and many other dangerous organisms. Puliu organisms have been isolated from such sewage water recently by scientists. The existence of this new plant in AJgona is thus a great asset to AJgona residents, both financially and hy- gienieally. The fall process of the operation will be explained in detail to visitors who attend the open house Sunday aftertWOn fronj 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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