Umatilla’s Water Treatment Plant #1 Expansion Project Officially Underway

Posted on October 13th, 2016

October 10, 2016 – Umatilla, Florida – The Groundbreaking Ceremony for Umatilla’s Water Treatment Plant Expansion was held on Monday, October 10th to commemorate the start of construction.

The project will improve and upgrade the existing facility to accommodate not only the current demands but also with an eye towards anticipated projected growth and demand on the water system.  Improvements include a new ground storage tank, addition of an altitude valve to the existing elevated storage tank, replacement of 3 vertical turbine can pumps with 3 new split case horizontal pumps, replacement of the existing fluoride and chlorine chemical feed systems.  Modifications to the existing building will be made to accommodate the electrical and control system.

Robert Ern, P.E. of Booth, Ern, Straughan & Hiott, Inc. (BESH) is the Engineer of Record.  Mr. Ern has a solid track record in water utility projects in and around Lake County and has spearheaded many similar projects.  Says Ern about the project, “We are proud to have been selected by the City of Umatilla to provide engineering design and construction management services on this highly-anticipated project, providing reliable water service to the citizens of the City for years to come!“

Pictured are the members of the Umatilla City Council and Senator Alan Hays.  Senator Hays assisted the City in receiving legislative appropriation funds for the project.  Photo credit goes to Matt Newby of the North Lake Outpost.

The project is expected to be completed in June, 2017.

BESH is a civil engineering firm located in Tavares, Florida that provides a comprehensive range of Engineering, Land Surveying and Land Planning Services to public and private clients.    For more information, please contact Carrie King at 352-343-8481 or visit

Umatilla Groundbreaking