J. Cumby Construction begins Portland project

PORTLAND – The wastewater treatment plant in Portland, Tenn., is scheduled for an enhancement and Cookeville-based J. Cumby Construction has been selected to play a critical role in the first phase of that upgrade.

“During the construction, the plant will continue at full operation,” said Andrew Jerome, project manager for J. Cumby Construction. “Our team is working closely with plant personnel to ensure everything continues to run smoothly with minimal downtime. The plant plays a vital role in the day-to-day lives of Portland citizens and businesses, and we recognize that.”

As part of the $4 million project, J. Cumby Construction will:

  • Remove the existing mechanical step screen and compactor
  • Install a new drum screen and compactor
  • Remove the existing grit classifier and install a new grit classifier
  • Clean the sequencing batch reactors basins and replace the fine bubble diffusers
  • Construct a cast-in-place 30-foot deep influent pump station with four submersible pumps and associated equipment
  • Construct a solids handling building with sludge feed and mechanical dewatering system
  • Construct fine bubble diffuser system in existing sludge holding basin

The Portland wastewater treatment plant is the latest of many similar projects that J. Cumby Construction has been tapped for. Some of the recent Upper Cumberland projects include Cookeville, Livingston and Sparta, while Chattanooga, Kingsport, Waverly, Rockwood and Gallatin have also seen water plant work performed by J. Cumby Construction.

Construction is currently underway and slated to wrap up in September.

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