Roof of processing facility collapses at city’s waste water treatment plant

The roof of a building used for processing solid waste at the City of St. George’s waste water treatment facility collapsed due to a suspected structural failure. The building was vacant at the time of the collapse and no injuries were reported, Nov. 23, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the City of St. George, St. George News
The roof of a building used for processing solid waste at the City of St. George’s waste water treatment facility collapsed due to a suspected structural failure. The building was vacant at the time of the collapse and no injuries were reported, Nov. 23, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the City of St. George, St. George News
The roof of a building used for processing solid waste at the City of St. George’s waste water treatment facility collapsed due to a suspected structural failure. The building was vacant at the time of the collapse and no injuries were reported, Nov. 23, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the City of St. George, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Late Sunday afternoon, a roof on the solids facility at the St. George Waste Water Treatment Plant collapsed.

The facility, which is closed to the public and houses solids (sludge) processing equipment, was unoccupied at the time of the collapse and there were no injuries to employees.

Upon initial inspection, the collapse appears to be a structural failure, but the cause is still under investigation. The condition of the equipment in the facility is still being evaluated and the cost to repair the roof is estimated to be $200,000.

“As serious as this situation was, it could have been much worse. We are very fortunate that no one on our team was injured in the incident,” said Scott Taylor, St. George Water Services Director.

Due to the damage, the facility is unable to process any sludge, but the plant will continue its operations without interruption.

“We have enough storage capacity on-site for the solids, which will allow the plant to continue to process waste water for the next several weeks until repairs are completed on the roof,” Taylor said.

Once roof debris is removed from the facility, inspectors will evaluate the condition of the equipment and will likely resume the solids processing operation while the new roof is reconstructed.

City Waste Water Treatment crews do not anticipate any major disruption to the sewer treatment process.

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9 Comments

  • Bender November 23, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    My bet is improperly installed truss system by local yokel contractor.

  • 42214 November 23, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    I bet the roof was inspected and signed off by St George officials.

  • Bowlinggreen123 November 23, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    St George News. Please keep up on this story and find out why it failed who built it and also if it was passed off by inspectors? This town is so bad with “it’s who you know ” attitude.

    These inspectors need to be held accountable..

  • Common Sense November 24, 2015 at 6:53 am

    That looks like it was a heavy roof!

  • Not_So_Much November 24, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Contractor? Inspector? Material supplier? Will the city look into this or just sweep under the table? What was the root cause? How will know repairs are done properly? Oh, it’s only $200,000 of taxpayer money, no worries.

  • wilbur November 24, 2015 at 8:51 am

    I bet the tile supplier made a killing.

  • Lastdays November 24, 2015 at 9:37 am

    They should check the correlation with the collapse of fire station roof in Santa Clara.
    Same engineer, truss manufacturer, contractor, same year constructed ????

  • .... November 24, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Typical bonehead St George red neck construction. what do you expect in a city of “good ole boys” looking out for each other. the ex mayors friend’s made a lot of money off this town. different mayor, different friends, same “good ole boy” network

  • htown November 25, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Were they non-licensed boys in long-sleeved plaid shirts from Warrenville?

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