Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Fort Payne Wastewater Treatment Facility was built in the early 70's and went into action in March 1973. It was designed to treat a flow of 2 million gallons per day, or MGD. The next treatment plant expansion was in 1988 at a cost of $2.2 million. As EPA standards became more stringent, the plant became more obsolete and could not meet the new permit requirements, so the only answer was to build an almost entirely new facility with newer and more up to date treatment processes. In 1999, the City of Fort Payne began construction on a new, state-of-the-art facility at a cost of $14 million. The facility is one of the most modern in the state of Alabama, and incorporates the newest treatment methods available. It is more efficient in treatment processes and operation costs.
The facility is almost entirely computer controlled by trained personnel in the control room. These persons can monitor and control almost all parts of the entire facility on a screen similar to this.
When wastewater first enters our facility, it first goes through a lint screen to capture small, visible objects. The water is also passed through grease trap.
The water passes through oxidation ditches, which do just as the name implies: pump the water with a correct balance of oxygen to ensure acceptance of water by nature.
Even after being somewhat filtered, the water is noticably dirty.
Water is set out to dry and allow lighter particles to accumulate and harden on top of the water.
This entire concrete enclosure is stacked with filters. The water literally trickles out and passes through the filters. The sprinklers rotate to even out the spread.
After being treated with chlorine to kill bacteria, then treated to remove chlorine, the water is passed down these steps to create bubbles--scientifically known as oxidizing the water.
The finished product is released into Wills Creek, and the circle of life continues.