MUSCATINE, Iowa — The Fort Madison, Iowa, wastewater treatment plant is poised to undergo an extensive renovation that will improve its overall reliability and efficiency as well as help protect it from flooding, according to a press release.

The renovation is currently under design by Stanley Consultants with local offices in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Des Moines, stated the release.   

The city’s wastewater treatment plant, originally constructed in 1965, serves a population of 11,000 and can process 6.2 million gallons of wastewater per day. 

At the request of the City of Fort Madison, Stanley Consultants assessed the condition of the aging facility and evaluated the plant’s processes in order to develop recommendations for improvement, added the release. 

Among other improvements, noted the release, the renovation is designed to maintain the plant’s viability, improve energy efficiency, address nutrient reduction requirements and provide flood protection. 

In keeping with the Iowa’s nutrient reduction strategy, the upgrade will position the facility for future improvements to further reduce nutrients discharged into the environment, added the release. 

According to the release, construction of the $14 million renovation is expected to begin with the initial phase starting in April 2015 and the second phase being completed by May 2017.