HANNIBAL | The Hannibal Board of Public Works appears in position to meet a city council-mandated, end-of-March deadline for the removal of ammonia from the city's water treatment process.
“The plan right now is to have the ammonia feed shut off on March 31, probably about midday,” HBPW Interim General Manager Mathew Munzlinger told the Hannibal City Council during its March 17 meeting at city hall.
Not only will the new plant be ready to run water through its granular activated carbon-filled vessels, the new plant's operators are prepared after extensive training.
“It is something they are eager to learn,” said Munzlinger during the March 17 meeting of the HBPW Board. “We have made sure the operators are familiar with the operation of the new plant. They have had multiple times of actually operating the new part of the (water) plant.”
Training at the new facility has not been limited to current water plant personnel, according to Munzlinger.
“We are actually taking some people (for training) who used to work in the water plant as well,” hesaid.“With this virus outbreak we want to make sure we have enough people trained on the process, equipment and new procedures so that we can continue operation of the plant should somebody get sick.”
The lack of some equipment will not prevent use of the new plant.
“Theplan was to have our analyzers online, though we have hit kind of a snag with some of them,” Munzlinger said. “We are going to have to do some more testing in our lab, rather than utilize the online analyzers. That may slow some of the (water testing) process down a little bit and we may not get the fine-tuning that we want at this point, but we will still be able to run water through (the new plant). Right now they are scheduled to be here sometime in mid to late April to finish the analyzer installations, provided their company allows them to travel.”
As far as the general public is concerned the most notable part of the project is currently underway. It has resulted in the closing of the entrance road into Riverview Park, from the parking lot to the four-way stop.
According to Munzlinger, the closure was necessary “so we can get the concrete poured that is necessary and we were unable to get poured last fall.”
Munzlinger estimated the road work, which is weather dependent, would take two to three weeks. According to a release issued by the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department, Riverview Park was closed to vehicular traffic on March 23.