The City of Middletown, Connecticut authorized the construction of the Francis T. Patnaude Intermunicipal Pump Station as part of the Mattabassett Regionalization Project. This project addresses the regionalization of the Mattabassett District and the decommissioning of its aging wastewater treatment plant.
Tighe & Bond designed the electrical, instrumentation and control, and odor control systems and was requested to provide additional services, including the project administration through construction services. Amy Sowitcky was the project manager and Fred Mueller was the technical lead for this $26.2 million project. The pump station delivers wastewater from Middletown to the Mattabassett District Water Pollution Control Facility.
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the 26 MGD pump station took place on November 1, 2019. Officials from the State of Connecticut, the City and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection attended the ceremony. During November, the station pumped approximately 2-4 MGD as several connections were made to the station. Soon after, the project contractor completed all the connections and the City redirected all flows from its wastewater treatment plant to the pump station.
The pump station was put to the test in December 2019 as the area experienced heavy rainfall. The pump station achieved flows in excess of its design capacity to Mattabassett for a short period of time and then continued to deliver about 24 MGD for several hours demonstrating its capability to deliver the design flow.