West Unity WWTP Success Story

The West Unity Wastewater Treatment Plant success story is in the June 2020 issue of Treatment Plant Operator magazine. https://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2020/06/tackling-a-permit-compliance-challenge-with-preliminary-and-secondary-treatment-upgrades

Working closely with Joshua Fritsch, West Unity village administrator, and Randy Mahlman, water and wastewater treatment plant superintendent, Poggemeyer Design Group enlisted the help of Lakeside Equipment Corp. to design the cost effective improvements to the West Unity WWTP that would ensure West Unity would have no trouble complying with their OhioEPA consent decree. The project entailed updating the 20+ year old aeration rotors in the oxidation ditch and the construction of a new headworks and headworks building.

The existing aeration rotors were not capable of supplying enough oxygen to the mixed liquor in the summer months to meet the plant’s ammonia permit limit.

Poggemeyer Design Group specified Lakeside Magna Aeration Rotors to replace the existing rotors because of their robust design and their ability to efficiently supply oxygen to the mixed liquor. The Magna Rotors have proven to be a the perfect choice for West Unity. They not only supply enough oxygen to easily meet the treatment plant’s summer ammonia limit, they do it using less horsepower than the rotors they replaced. While Josh and Randy appreciate the energy savings, they are thrilled that they no longer have to worry about meeting their summer ammonia limit.

The new Lakeside Magna Rotors have covers to protect the operators from the spray and aerosols produced when the rotors are turning. The covers also help retain heat in the winter months.

The new headworks were a major improvement to the treatment plant. Prior to installation of the Lakeside MicroStrainer screen and SpiraGrit grit removal system West Unity’s headworks consisted of just a coarse bar rack. Before the improvement project Randy spent a great deal of time pulling rags and debris off of weirs and out of pumps.

Lakeside MicroStrainer screen is on the left in this picture inside the new headworks building. Have you ever seen the floor in a headworks building as clean and shiny as this one? Randy takes great pride in maintaining the equipment and the cleanliness at his treatment plant.

The Lakeside Spiragrit grit removal uses a Gorman Rupp T Series self priming centrifugal pump to pump grit from the grit hopper to the grit classifier.

Joshua Fritsch, West Unity village administrator, on the left and Randy Mahlman, water and wastewater superintendent in the new headworks building. Josh and Randy teamed up with Lakeside Equipment and Poggemeyer Design Group and played a major role in the successful design and construction of the improvements to West Unity’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Tomorrow Water is in the house!

I am every excited to announce that Smith Environmental is the proud representative of Tomorrow Water.  In fact, Smith Environmental is the first municipal representative of Tomorrow Water in the US. 

This new addition to our line card is indicative of the direction Smith Environmental is going.  We are focusing on technologies relatively new to the US market.  I call them “Leading Edge Technologies.”   They are technologies that were developed to address challenges in other countries around the globe that are now challenges that treatment plants in the US are facing.  Resource recovery, energy and process efficiency, adding treatment capacity to existing plants are just some of the challenges these companies are addressing.

I believe the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology program, know as LIFT, an initiative undertaken by the Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) to help bring new water technology to the field quickly and efficiently, states it best:

The drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater markets will require significant investment in the coming years to replace aging infrastructure, expand capacity, and satisfy new regulations. Utilities need innovative technologies and solutions to address these challenges in a cost-conscious manner.

Please keep coming back for more opportunities to learn about these Leading Edge companies and what they are doing and the solutions they can provide for today and tomorrow’s water and wastewater treatment challenges.

Keep on Learning

It’s become kind of a ritual with me at the start of the new year.  Before I put the past year’s calendar away, I take a quick look through it to remind of what I did in the past year.  As was skimming through my 2019 calendar I noticed it was another good year for learning.  By this I mean I attended a lot of meetings where presentations on our industry, water and wastewater treatment, were provided.  I attended more than 20 meetings in 2019.  Between section meetings, workshops,  and conferences;  and our professional organizations OWEA, OHAWWA, OTCO, WEF, and AWWA, the available educational content was quite good.  We as members of these professional organizations have many opportunities to meet and learn something so we stay current with what’s going on in our industry.  Most everyone in our profession needs to get a certain number of continuing education units (CEUs) or professional development hours (PDHs) to maintain their licenses.  Even though this seems like a burden to some, I believe it’s vitally important to keep learning.  My job doesn’t require a license, so I don’t need CEUs and PDHs.  But I dare say I wouldn’t be very effective as a sales representative without these learning opportunities .  The speed of advancement of technology in our industry is incredible.  Without the continuing education requirements one could quickly fall behind.  Fortunately, we have these great professional organizations which provide us with so many opportunities to get  CEUs and PDHs throughout the year. 

The Good Work

These two articles in the Columbus Dispatch newspaper illustrate how vital the work in our industry is.  It shows how important the work being done operators on the front line and the management teams and engineers behind them is.  I am honored to be able to play a small part in this industry.  When I get bogged down and lost in the mundane business of the day, it’s articles like this that make me realize there is nothing really mundane about the important work being done.

Ohio Beach Health Advisories

Columbus Dublin Rd. WTP Elevated Nitrate Level

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