1. Highspire Borough Authority Capital Improvement Plan

    The Highspire Borough Authority retained RETTEW to prepare a capital improvement plan to assist in planning for the future needs of their operations. The plan called for reviewing the existing wastewater facilities, including the wastewater treatment plant and sanitary collection and conveyance systems, with the goal of anticipating necessary system repairs and replacements. In addition…

  2. Hermitage Annual Report

    As part of their overall strategy to optimize operations, maintenance, and finances, and to fulfill requirements of a bond indenture, the Hermitage Municipal Authority retained RETTEW to prepare an annual report of the Authority’s operating system. The report summarizes the operations, expenditures, and facility capacities, and predicts future system requirements. Yearly updates to the report…

  3. University Area Joint Authority Reverse Osmosis Membrane Replacement

    The University Area Joint Authority owns and operates an advanced water treatment facility at the Spring Creek Pollution Control Facility. The treatment facility uses reverse osmosis membranes for reclaiming wastewater to a potable quality permeate for distribution and reuse by local industries. The original membranes were installed in 2006 and provided exceptional water quality with…

  4. Hermitage Organic Waste Digestion and Environmental Attributes Program

    The Hermitage Municipal Authority’s organic waste digestion project has many environmental and economic benefits. By processing waste sludge and food wastes through its anaerobic digestion system, the Authority not only produces a beneficial energy source in the form of biogas, but they also prevent the disposal of organic waste at landfills. By diverting wastes from…

  5. Hermitage Class A Biosolids Program

    When the Hermitage Municipal Authority wanted to obtain Class A status for its biosolids, it was not as simple as downloading and completing the necessary forms. As one of the first facilities in Pennsylvania to accept food waste in its digesters, the Authority needed to first receive conditional approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency…

  6. City of York Biogas Piping Repair and Improvements

    The City of York operates a 26-mgd advanced wastewater treatment plant, providing service to the greater York region. As part of its sludge handling processes, the City employs anaerobic digestion and combusts the accumulated biogas to produce electricity to meet the facility’s needs. To ensure optimal performance of the biogas piping, the City hired RETTEW…

  7. Sharon Sanitary Authority Trickling Filter Study

    The Sharon Sanitary Authority experienced a collapse of the media and support systems in two trickling filter units at the wastewater treatment plant, triggering an emergency situation. The units were approximately ten years old, well under the intended design life of the media and media support systems. With an unexpected material failure, the Authority needed…

  8. City of York Primary Effluent Pumps Variable Frequency Drive Replacement

    The City of York needed to replace the effluent pump variable frequency drives (VFDs) at their wastewater treatment plant because they were old and obsolete with replacement parts for repairs scarce and becoming increasingly difficult to find. The City needed to continue critical operations while replacing the VFDs, presenting yet another challenge. RETTEW conducted a…

  9. Hermitage Codigestion and Biogas Generation Optimization

    The Hermitage Municipal Authority wanted to optimize biogas production to help reduce their system’s energy consumption and use their renewable energy equipment to recycle the residual waste and ultimately lower energy costs. Biogas is created when biodegradable matter and bacteria ferment and can be converted into electricity. RETTEW’s anaerobic digestion experts were brought in to…

  10. Highspire Borough Authority Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades

    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection required the Highspire Borough Authority to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant to meet biological nutrient removal requirements as part of Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy. The retrofit project required a difficult and complex construction sequence and had to be completed while the plant remained fully operational and within a short…

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