Portage Breaks Ground on WWTP Improvements

On March 26, the City of Portage, Indiana broke ground on the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s Improvements Project which includes replacing the 43-year-old clarifiers and adding a solar field to reduce energy costs.

These improvements will provide critical rehabilitation to the wastewater treatment plant screening and other processes to ensure the city discharges quality effluent to the Burns Waterway and Lake Michigan. The solar field will help the city offset a significant component of the energy usage associated with treating their wastewater.

U.S. Rep Frank Mrvan says the $8 million Portage project to replace aging clarifiers and add a solar field, is made possible through the federal infrastructure bill and a federal inflation reduction bill. “As a member of Congress, my job is just to be able to pass legislation that is beneficial to the cities and towns in Northwest Indiana,” said U.S. Rep. Frank Mrvan, D-Highland. (Doug Ross/for Post-Tribune)

Groundbreaking Remarks

  • Honorable Mayor Austin Bonta
  • U.S. Representative Frank Mrvan (IN House 1st Congressional District)
  • Collin Czilli, Portage Council District 5 and Utilities Liaison

Special Thanks To

  • Former Mayor Sue Lynch, Portage, IN
  • Tracie Marshall, Superintendent of Portage Utilities
  • Indiana Finance Authority State Revolving Fund (IFA SRF)
  • Commonwealth Engineers, Inc., Design Engineer
  • Thieneman Construction, Project Coordinator

For more information on this project, contact Andrew Robarge, PE, Project Manager

Portage breaks ground on $12M wastewater improvements (nwitimes.com)

Work begins on modernizing Portage’s wastewater treatment plant – Chicago Tribune