PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — On April 29, 2013 city officials in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. joined contractor representatives to break ground on its new $27.7 million wastewater treatment plant, according to The Mountain Press.

The plant was built in the baseball field area of the original City Park off Library Road, noted the article.

“The existing plant is at capacity for what it was designed for,” Public Works Director Mark Miller said. “There’s been a lot of growth in Pigeon Forge and we’re going to need the additional capacity. Also, the existing plant is 35 years old, and that’s about as long as the equipment is supposed to last, so it’s not as energy efficient and environmentally friendly, and needs to be replaced.”

The new plant, which is 1.5 times larger than the current plant, will allow the city to irrigate athletic fields at the new park that opened in March, stated the article.

“Technology has changed a lot since the first one was built,” Miller said. “This plant is more efficient and uses less energy and electricity.”

Mayor David Wear said the new plant will have odor-reducing technology and will allow the water to be recycled.

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