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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-03-2019

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2 SMITHFIELD JULY 3-10, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER EDITION SMITHFIELD – Veolia Water will soon begin upgrades and repairs at the Smithfield Wastewater Treatment Facility, which was awarded the 2018 Gold Award for Permit Compliance for the second year in a row last week. Veolia took a snapshot of the 480 assets at the wastewater facility, and found the condition of 3 percent of the equipment at extreme risk of failure, according to Town Engineer Kevin Cleary. He said numerous items are pin- pointed in the $600,000, 10-year capital improvement plan. First on the list was the chlorination tank that disinfects filtered wastewater in one of the final processes at the facility. Veolia proposed to repair the chlo- rination system by removing the old exterior tank with a new, interior tank and pumps. Cleary said the 25-year-old chlori- nation tank is leaking, and is at risk of going outside of its containment. He said problems with the tank began in 2017, and the SWTF has replaced parts and fixtures on it in the past. The outdoor tank has a contain- ment tub around it, but Cleary said a leak could stop production of waste- water. "If it breaks, it is essentially a bath- tub," Cleary said. Veolia proposed to complete the design-build project for a total cost of $298,000 with full risk to the company. An estimate for an out- side company to complete the same project was $700,000, with the town responsible for overruns and possible delays. "We're using in essence Veolia's buying power in the industry," Cleary said of the differing costs. Veolia and the SWTF are five years into a 10-year contract with the town. Cleary said the clock starts ticking on the project the moment the con- tract is negotiated and signed. The project will be funded using money from the sewer fund. The Town Council approved Veolia, with a favorable recommen- dation from the Sewer Authority, for the one-year project at the June 18 meeting. Cleary and Veolia Water project Manager Karen Goff led a tour with Smithfield council members, residents and town administrators around the Smithfield Wastewater Treatment Facility last Thursday, June 27, showcasing the equipment that treats local wastewater. Cleary said the tour was an effort to get people down to see the good work being done at the treatment plant. "In my opinion, this is the biggest asset this community has. Without it, the town would not be able to grow and become stagnant," Cleary said. According to the Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association, Veolia and SWTF produces safe, clean water from Smithfield waste- water. From wastewater to clean water, Cleary said the plant processes 2 mil- lion gallons of wastewater per day, with the maximum capacity of 3.5 million gallons, or operating at 56 percent capacity. For comparison, the city of Cranston's plants process 24 million gallons per day. "But, we are growing," Cleary said. The plant operates around the clock every day, Goff said, joking that residents don't like being told not to flush their toilets. The plant uses a mixture of chemi- cals and sand filters to get sludge from light brown to clear, and is continuously monitored, Goff said. In the end, water is chlorinated, then de-chlorinated, and released into the Woonasquatucket River. Veolia set to begin wastewater upgrades BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD The leaking chlorination tank at the SMITHFIELD WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY will be replaced this year by operations manager Veolia Water. Smithfield hosts fireworks July 5 SMITHFIELD – Bryant University and the town of Smithfield will host their annual fireworks and Independence Day celebration on July 5 at the univer- sity. Campus opens to the public at 6 p.m. The Navy Band Northeast per- forms at 8 p.m., and fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Do not bring personal fireworks, drones, pets or alcoholic beverages to the event. The rain date is Saturday, July 6. Heritage Ballet's 'Literature into Life' series at East Smithfield Library SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host Heritage Ballet's "Literature into Life" series on Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 and Aug. 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. Children will analyze a chosen piece of literature from the "A Universe of Stories" theme, in order to bring the story to life through music and movement. This is a six-week program for ages 5-7, and on the last day, children will perform the story for family and friends. For more information, call the library at 401-231-5150. IN BRIEF THE PRESCHOOL GRIND While it is common for the jaw to contract during sleep, very strong contractions result in the grinding or clenching of teeth known as "bruxism." This stress- and anxiety-related behavior is most common in children. About 14% to 17% of children grind their teeth, often beginning as soon as their upper and lower teeth emerge through their gums. Around one-third of children with bruxism will still have it when they are adults. It is important for parents to know that tooth grinding is associated with preschool adjustments characterized by withdrawn behavior. Consequently, parents of young bruxers may want to check to see if life events or pressure at school may be promoting tooth grinding. Now is the perfect time to address any concerns you may have about the health of your child's teeth and gums. At DENTAL ARTS GROUP, our philosophy is not only to treat dental needs, but more importantly, to educate our patients on preventing future problems. 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