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Ave Maria Utility Company Wastewater Treatment Plant

In Ave Maria, wastewater treatment is achieved by using conventional activated sludge treatment followed by tertiary filtration and high-level disinfection. The wastewater treatment facility is designed to meet strict regulatory requirements which allow for the beneficial reuse of the plant effluent for irrigation water in the community.

Influent Screen

Wastewater from the community is pumped to the wastewater treatment facility. The wastewater first passes through a fine screen before entering the plant. This preliminary screening removes large, course solids that cannot be treated.

Ave Maria Utlity Company Wastewater Treatment Plant

Treatment Plant

The treatment plant includes a surge tank, two aeration basins, one clarifier, and two digester basins.

Ave Maria Utlity Company Wastewater Treatment Plant

Surge Tank

The surge tank is covered to prevent the escape of odors. The air in the surge tank is continually extracted and sent to a Bio-tower for treatment.

Ave Maria Utility Company Wastewater Treatment Plant

Aeration Basin

Water enters the aeration basins where biological treatment takes place. Oxygen is required for biological treatment and is provided by two blowers and through an air diffuser system.

Ave Maria Utility Company Wastewater Treatment Plant

Aeration Blowers

The blowers are enclosed to minimize noise.

Ave Maria Utlity Company Wastewater Treatment Plant

Clarifier

The clarifier is a large circular settling tank where solid-liquid separation takes place. The settled solids are treated further in the aeration basins and digester basins. The Ave Maria facility also has a second clarifier for emergencies.

Ave Maria Utlity Company Wastewater Treatment Plant

Sand Filters

Filtration is a physical process for separating suspended particles from the treated water from the clarifier as it passes through the sand.

Ave Maria Utlity Company Wastewater Treatment Plant

Chlorine Contact Chamber

The clear effluent from the sand Filter passes into the chlorine contact chamber for final disinfection before being discharged to the irrigation ponds.

Ave Maria Utlity Company Wastewater Treatment Plant

Support Systems

In the event on a power failure, an emergency generator will supply power to operate the Treatment System.

Ave Maria Utlity Company Wastewater Treatment Plant
Emergency Power Generation

The SCADA system provides the operation staff the ability to monitor and control the entire system along with collecting operational data that will be used in optimizing the process.

Ave Maria Utlity Company Wastewater Treatment Plant
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)

 
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