Ashland water treatment plant

The Ashland water plant located on Winchester Avenue in Ashland.

An item in a story from Friday's edition about the city of Ashland's attempts to fix a water filtration system needs clarification. The outside company being paid $30,000 to prepare a final report on the filter failure investigation is Barton & Loguidice.

The City of Ashland took another step forward Thursday to work on fixing infrastructure surrounding an out of commission water filter.

The city called a special meeting and approved an emergency reading to inspect grout surrounding what was described as a buckled under-drain connected to one of six filters at the city’s water treatment plant. Officials on the Ashland Board of Commissioners said that one of the six water filters had started to buckle and this raised concerns with the board.

“It is an extremely important thing that we are doing right now,” Mayor Steve Gilmore said.

The portion of the filter infrastructure known as the under-drain has buckled creating some modest issues with the volume of water the city can put out. Though the uplifted under-drain affects the volume of water, the quality of water is not affected, and city officials said only one of six filters is impacted.

There have been ongoing concerns regarding the filters dating to 2015.

The current water filters are expected to last up to 50 years. The city has brought in an outside consultant to determine the cause of the issue with the under-drain.

The Ashland Board of Commissioners felt the matter was urgent and needed to be addressed as quickly as possible to ensure any corrections to the filtration system could be made.

The city declared an emergency to exist to allow the first and second reading to exist in the same day to allow the consulting engineer to begin work, so problems with the buckled under-drain could be addressed and corrected.

According to Gilmore the new grout must be poured and tested to determine the compression strength. The current support system has loosened and eroded to the point where “we need to make sure to tie the new units down.”

Terracon Consultants, Inc. will be on site in the next week and will be pouring and testing the new grout. 

A draft report will be made by Barton & Loguidice aimed at identifying what is causing the problems. It is under review and a final report is expected to be released in the near future.

Total cost for the the report is $30,000.