Firm Helps Secure Stimulus Funds for New Live Oak WWTP
ECO:LOGIC Engineering helped secure a funding package to build a wastewater treatment facility for the city of Live Oak, Calif., according to a Sept. 4 press release from the company.
The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 funding agreement, which includes a $10 million grant—the maximum amount possible—and a $6 million low-interest loan, will offset the facility's construction costs.
“The financial study … was critical to securing the grant and low-interest loan for Live Oak,” said Mike Harrison, project engineer for the firm. “It would have been a real burden on Live Oak’s residents and businesses to have to build the plant without this financial assistance.”
The new plant, which is designed by the company, will use less energy than similarly sized plants, protect public health and the environment, and include capacity to meet the city’s general plan for growth. Construction is scheduled to be complete in December 2011.
“The construction of this plant has a significant, positive impact on our local economy,” said Jim Goodwin, Live Oak city manager. “We will have over two years of construction going on, creating a daily boost for our restaurants and other service businesses. After that, there will be long-term employment opportunities for skilled workers to operate the plant.”
ECO:LOGIC is a consulting engineering firm based in Rocklin, Calif.