04/29/2013: On April 27, the Springfield (IL) Metro Sewer District (SMSD) held an open house at the New Spring Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Over 200 visitors were given a first-hand look at the state-of-the-art facility after boarding a trolley for guided tours of the 25-acre site. CMT served as the design consultant and oversaw construction of the $91 million project.
“We were very pleased with the turnout and the positive response we received from everyone. It’s important to give the community an opportunity to see how their investment pays dividends in terms of keeping our water supplies clean and safe,” said CMT’s Christy Crites, PE, who served as construction administrator on the project.
Given the public’s general lack of knowledge of how a treatment facility operates, CMT staff produced an educational video that explained the process is layman’s terms. Visitors viewed the video prior to taking the tour so that they would have a better understanding of the equipment and facilities they would be seeing. SMSD and CMT staff were also stationed throughout the plant to answer questions. Refreshments and giveaways were available at the end of the tour.
CMT also created educational signage that was placed at various places in the plant. They also serve to explain the treatment process and also highlight the project’s many sustainable components. The signs will remain on permanent display for tours provided to schools and other groups throughout the year.
Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (CMT) (www.cmtengr.com) is a consulting engineering firm with over 260 employees. The firm has offices in Springfield, Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Peoria, and Edwardsville, IL; St. Louis and Springfield, MO; Indianapolis, IN; and Columbus, OH. CMT has been in business for over 60 years and provides a wide-range of engineering and project management services for aviation, highways, bridges, water, wastewater, and land development projects.