PENETRON Boosts Moorefield Wastewater Treatment Plant’s Efforts to Clean Chesapeake Bay

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PENETRON technology is a key part of the new $40 million Moorefield Wastewater Treatment Plant’s innovative water treatment solution. The plant, which will help West Virginia substantially reduce pollution going into the Chesapeake Bay, was completed in January.

The large sewage storage tanks at the Moorefield Wastewater Treatment Plant in West Virginia will help reduce pollution to the Potomac River basin and the Chesapeake Bay by 50-65%.

...the Moorefield plant will take care of 50-65% of West Virginia's total commitment to reduce nutrient pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

PENETRON technology is a key part of the new $40 million Moorefield Wastewater Treatment Plant’s innovative water treatment solution. The plant, which will help West Virginia substantially reduce pollution going into the Chesapeake Bay, was completed in January.

As a regional wastewater treatment plant in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, the Moorefield Wastewater Treatment Plant replaces four plants that were previously under notice of environmental violations by the state. Now, this single, larger plant provides the capacity and efficiency needed to serve residents and businesses across the entire western part of Hardy County, where the South Branch of the Potomac River flows through a wide valley on its way to Chesapeake Bay.

The new facility marks a significant milestone in the headwater state’s efforts to curb pollution and improve water quality. Now in full operation, the plant removes 90,000 pounds of nitrogen and 93,000 pounds of phosphorous from West Virginia wastewater every year.

"According to best current estimates, the Moorefield plant will take care of 50-65% of West Virginia's total commitment to reduce nutrient pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed," adds Christopher Chen, Director of The PENETRON Group.

INNOVATIVE TREATMENT PROCESS
The Moorefield facility uses an innovative advanced nutrient waste water treatment process to treat 4.1 million gallons of wastewater per day. This system exposes the incoming wastewater to nutrient-hungry microbes that feed on nitrogen and phosphorous. The resulting sludge, modified without the addition of chemicals, is turned into compost on an adjacent site, rather than trucked off to the local landfill.

“Essentially, much of the waste going into the plant is generated by a local chicken processing company; this is then treated and converted to compost,” adds Mr. Chen. “The resulting compost is then sold to farmers without adding to the area’s landfill.”

PENETRON ADMIX PART OF THE SOLUTION
Using an innovative precast post-tensioned concrete tank design, the process used at the Moorefield plant features an oxidation ditch with two primary clarifiers, two final clarifiers, a filter tank/building, a pump station and a leachate storage tank.

PENETRON ADMIX was specified for the project and used by the ready mix (Cumberland Concrete Company) and precast (Dutchland, Inc.) suppliers throughout the headworks and tailworks/effluent of the project.

“The South Branch of the Potomac River is a unique place for people to fish, swim and boat,” says Mr. Chen. “The new Moorefield facility not only contributes toward a cleaner watershed, the state-of–the-art plant design – and the integral PENETRON technology – also generated considerable savings in production, construction, and maintenance of the wastewater treatment tanks.”

The PENETRON Group is a leading manufacturer of specialty construction products for concrete waterproofing, concrete repairs and floor preparation systems. The Group operates through a global network, offering support to the design and construction community through its regional offices, representatives and distribution channels.

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