The Water and Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County (WSACC) serves selected water and sewer needs for five jurisdictions in south-central North Carolina — Cabarrus County, Concord, Kannapolis, Harrisburg and Mount Pleasant — providing wholesale wastewater transportation and treatment and reservoir management.
Hopewell Water Renewal (HWR) is a 50 MGD secondary wastewater treatment plant that treats the wastewater from local industries and domestic sources of the Hopewell, VA area. The plant began operating in 1977 and treats approximately 85% industrial waste. The facility achieves the treatment permit requirements for both BOD and TSS; however, treatment regulations have changed over the years and now require the removal of nutrients. HWR discharges effluent into Gravelly Run, a tributary of the James River and Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Alchemist Brewery is a microbrewery specializing in brewing, packaging and distributing its award-winning IPA beer, Heady Topper. An unprecedented following of the signature ale drove the need for a larger brewery and retail sales center. The brewery operates with a profound respect for environmental responsibility, so with a new facility in the horizon, there was opportunity to explore wastewater treatment system options that would allow them to minimize their impact on the town’s wastewater infrastructure.
Parkson recently had a very successful pilot test at the facility of a bio-feedstock supplier of waste products turned into fuel. The Rotoshear® unit, equipped with a .060” wedgewire screen, successfully removes solids directly from Industrial Waste Hauling trucks to recover grease. Screening this material before it enters the receiving station allows the facility to focus on proper treatment of the industrial wastewater rather than the expensive downtime to drain and clean their receiving pond.
To sustain the environment and smart community growth while protecting public health, engineers, municipal health officials, and regulators need innovative wastewater treatment solutions. The latest evolution of decentralized systems can efficiently handle residential and commercial daily flows and are a cost-effective alternative to the large, centralized wastewater treatment plants of the past.
In 2002, the City of Phoenix purchased a Duperon® FlexRake® as part of a pilot project designed to allow the City to test maintenance claims against their existing climbing screen equipment. The yearlong pilot would run the FlexRake® along with the climbers; at the conclusion, the screen would be measured for wear and compared to the climbers in terms of maintenance time and debris capture.
In the discussion about limited resources and energy saving in sewage treatment plants innovative sewage treatment methods are increasingly becoming a focal point. In Germany, there are about 1,200 sewage treatment plants which are designed for 10,000 to 50,000 PE, about one third of them have a sludge digester. Thus, there is a potential of about 800 sewage treatment plants that remains for a change from aerobic sludge stabilisation to processes with anaerobic sludge stabilization.
City staff were looking for an idea to remedy the logistical issues in the Tarpon Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant located in Pinellas County and known for being a small Greek community on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Despite the destruction of Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, Duperon® wastewater screening systems in the cities of Cuero and Refugio, Texas – approximately 150 miles southwest of Houston – were virtually unaffected by the storm. Duperon’s FlexRake® bar screens, installed at both locations as well as dozens of other sites in and around Houston, remove objects like rags, paper, plastics, and metals to prevent damage and clogging of downstream treatment equipment. Both communities found essentially no damage to their wastewater screening equipment.
Spent hops and general brewery wastewater are natural by-products of the beer-making process and must be reused or disposed of accordingly. Some brewers are charged substantial fines for dumping high-solids wastewater into the city sewer system. With Parkson Rotostrainers, over 90% of the Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) of wastewater can be filtered out, greatly reducing the city sewer charges. Many breweries can even sell much of the spent grain and other captured solids to local farms as livestock feed, thereby profiting on an otherwise ‘waste’ product.
Scum is not a substance that anyone in a wastewater treatment plants wants to deal with. Scum, the greasy substance that floats to the surface of clarifiers, gets nastier as it accumulates. Some smaller wastewater treatment plants mix their scum back into other processing streams while other larger plants treat their scum separately. The City of Fort Worth takes a unique approach in managing its scum and now turns what was once a liability into an asset.
The City of Dixon, Illinois, located 100 miles west of Chicago, went on-line with an upgraded 4.5 MGD wastewater treatment plant in February 2002.