University Area Joint Authority Advanced Water Treatment Facility Expansion

Operational since 2005, the University Area Joint Authority’s (UAJA) beneficial reuse project has provided millions of gallons of potable-quality reclaimed wastewater to the businesses and environment of the Centre Region of Pennsylvania. At the core of this reuse project is the advanced water treatment (AWT) facility, housed within the Spring Creek Pollution Control Facility. The Authority plans to upgrade the AWT facility’s processes to allow for indirect potable reuse and meet year-round demand for water reuse to provide environmental enhancement, which prompted them to consider expanding the AWT’s capacity.

RETTEW evaluated the facility’s treatment processes and prepared technical memoranda that summarized each process, the equipment involved and its estimated useful remaining life and sufficient capacity, and recommendations for improvements along with associated costs. RETTEW performed an annual review of the Spring Creek Pollution Control Facility and presented an opinion of probable construction cost, including options to reduce chemical costs.

RETTEW also analyzed potential savings associated with operations regarding electric costs. RETTEW’s design allowed UAJA to double the output capacity of the AWT facility from 1 mgd to 2 mgd of beneficial reuse water.

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