EPA Honors New Hampshire WW Facility

 
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Plymouth Village, NH Wastewater Treatment Plant Recognized for Exemplary Performance

The Plymouth Village, NH Wastewater Treatment Facility was recently selected by EPA for a 2013 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award. The plant staff, led by Superintendent Kirk Young, was recognized by EPA's New England Office for exceptional work in operating and maintaining the wastewater treatment plant. The plant was one of two facilities in New England acknowledged for exemplary performance during 2013.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services was instrumental in nominating this facility. The plant has been provided with outstanding support and leadership from the Plymouth Village Water and Sewer District over the years.

Wright-Pierce has been assisting the Plymouth Village Water & Sewer District on a variety of water and wastewater projects since 2003, including upgrading the existing Plymouth Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Under order by NH Department of Environmental Services, the District retained Wright-Pierce to evaluate the existing facility and recommend a long-term plan to address facility needs for the next 20 years. Based on the study, the District moved forward with design improvements including: a new screen and screenings wash press; conversion of the influent pump station from screw pumps to submersible centrifugal pumps; installation of a new RBC aeration system; conversion of an abandoned primary clarifier to a gravity thickener; replacement of an aging belt press to a new rotary press for sludge dewatering, construction of a new lime stabilization facility, and installation of new biofilters for odor control. The facility upgrade received 75% loan forgiveness as part of ARRA funding provided by USDA-RD.

"The professionals operating these wastewater treatment plants, as well as the municipalities and the state environmental agencies that support them, are essential to keeping our environment healthy by protecting water quality. EPA is proud to give them the credit they deserve,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA's New England Office.
                               
The EPA Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award was established to recognize and honor the employees of publicly owned wastewater treatment plants for its commitment to improving water quality with outstanding plant operations and maintenance. More often than not, and particularly with the smaller facilities, conscientious operators and staff continue to perform exceptionally with limited resources. 

"The professionals operating these wastewater treatment plants, as well as the municipalities and the state environmental agencies that support them, are essential to keeping our environment healthy by protecting water quality. EPA is proud to give them the credit they deserve,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA's New England Office.

Plymouth Village Wastewater Treatment Plant

New rotary press for sludge dewatering