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Tank at sewer plant to be replaced

November 28, 1998

A caustic soda underground storage tank at Hagerstown's sewer plant needs to be replaced before it becomes an environmental hazard, Water Pollution Control Manager Rick Thomas said.

The tank under a building at the plant off Frederick Street could leak, so Thomas said he wants to replace it with a steel tank inside the building. Caustic soda is used to control the acidity in the sewer plant.

Thomas said he doesn't yet know how much the new tank will cost.

City Council members unanimously approved $28,734 in change orders for a plant upgrade on Tuesday.

The $8.5 million project, which is intended to help improve the environment for aquatic life in the Chesapeake Bay, already had $193,100 in engineering service cost overruns when an underground cavern was discovered.

Construction on the biological nutrient removal project began on June 1 and will take two years to complete, Thomas said.

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