August 27, 2019
St. John the Baptist Parish - Parish President Natalie Robottom recently joined the Assistant Utilities Director Reed Alexander to tour the new Reserve Oxidation Pond. Oxidation ponds are large ponds designed to treat wastewater through the interaction of sunlight, bacteria, and algae. Once in full operation, estimated to be within the next few weeks, the wastewater retention pond will treat 3 million gallons of wastewater a day from the Reserve area in a more natural and cost-effective manner.
Funded through the 2010 Bond Issue and an EPA grant, the $9 million project was designed by Environmental Engineering Services Inc. and constructed by The Lemoine Company, LLC. The oxidation pond will greatly reduce stress on the River Road Waste Water Treatment Plant thus reducing overflows. It was constructed to allow for expansion.
“This project is state-of-the-art and very well constructed,” said Parish President Robottom. “Despite delays related to purchasing new pumps and a tie-in of the discharge pipe under the Mississippi River, the project ran smoothly.”
The Utilities staff, contractor and neighboring property owners, worked in coordination to complete this project less than 1% over budget.
“The Oxidation pond is yet another major infrastructure project completed with bond and grand funds with no additional burden to our taxpayers,” added President Robottom. “We look forward to the official opening of the project in the upcoming weeks.”