The wastewater treatment facility was ordered by the Regional Water Quality Board to correct conditions at the aging plant. The $3 million project was financed by the State Water Resources Control Board’s small community wastewater grant program and supplemented by municipal bonds.
Upgrades include a new solids handling station, said Rick Gilmore, general manager of the Byron Sanitary District. “The solids handling station has operated continually since April, 2009, greatly increasing the effectiveness of the water treatment facility.”
Construction was completed by general contractor Tidelands Construction Company, and inspection was performed by HydroScience Engineers, Inc.
A state-of-the-art computer system allows the facility to be monitored and controlled remotely. Water pumps, solids removal equipment, and power are monitored electronically. An automatic alarm will be generated if there is a system outage, and automatic standby power will start if there’s an electrical outage, Gilmore said.
According to Project Engineer David Dauwalder of Nolte Associates, Inc., the plant is currently treating 60,000 gallons of wastewater per day, and has a capacity of 96,000 gallons per day. The facility features wastewater treatment by natural processes and no offsite discharge.
– Contributed by the Byron Sanitary District