Town of Bernice Wastewater System of the Year - North Louisiana

Meyer, Meyer, LaCroix & Hixson, Inc. (MML&H) would like to congratulate Mayor Bill Mitcham and the Town of Bernice for being awarded the Louisiana Rural Water Association Wastewater System of the Year—North Louisiana. In July 2011 ground was broken on a MML&H project to upgrade all areas of the town’s wastewater system and increase the capacity of the treatment plant from 0.24 MGD to 0.603 MGD. The $2.1 million project provided for new influent debris removal and a flow separation structure, a new clarifier with two upgraded clarifiers, and a new bentonite lined equalization basin and pump station to handle peak flows at the plant and stabilize flows in the treatment plant. This construction project also addressed the collection system. A sewer system evaluation was conducted with closed circuit TV. Issues discovered with the video inspection were corrected by lining the gravity sewer mains and trimming sewer service connections if required. Five lift stations were also upgraded as part of the construction. Improvements were completed in September 2012.