Managing two ageing adjacent wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) can be a tall order at the best of times, but how about when discharge is into one of the most diverse and sensitive waterways in the world, home to more species of fish than any other river of its size in North America?
Some might choose to steer clear of this very sizeable challenge.
The need to meet increasingly tight restrictions, particularly on phosphorous levels at an awkward site, meant, at one point, it looked like helicopters might be needed to deliver the new equipment.
The very determined Lockerbie Homeowner’s Association in Mountain Brook, Birmingham, Alabama, decided to invest in, and take responsibility for, a new treatment plant.
When consulting state-wide wastewater company, Living Water Services, one option put forward was to create a new lift station where effluent could be pumped to the Jefferson County Sewer.
Owning, managing or serving 58 wastewater facilities all over the US state and carrying out lab tests for another 49, Living Water consulted their key contacts for the best solution, including Krebs Engineering.
“The old plants just...
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