Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements

Greenfield, Indiana

Project Need

  • Originally constructed in the 1960s, updated and expanded through the 2000s
  • Includes one (1) main activated sludge wastewater treatment facility and two (2) trains of Actiflo high-rate settling processes
  • Peak flow was designed to be 10.0 MGD and is exceeded during wet weather events
  • This overall situation is unsustainable as the aeration system will need a major service in the future
  • The laboratory, office, and locker facilities are old or generally not available as well

Project Description

The purpose of the project was to document operational issues and analyze the function of the existing wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) with respect to common design standards and provide alternative improvements and recommendations for the WWTP improvements for a 20-year planning period.

The selected solution included the replacement of the existing WWTP with a new plant consisting of the raw sewage lift station, valve vault, and controls building; headworks building with screening, grit, and odor control equipment; SBR treatment system with blowers, mixers, and decanters; UV disinfection system; low-profile cascade aeration system; non-potable water system; sludge processing system including sludge holding tank, blowers, mixers, decanters, sludge pumps, centrifuge dewatering, polymer feed, and conveyor system; chemical feed system for phosphorus removal, septage receiving station, vac truck screenings drying beds, lab and office building, emergency generators, and demolition of existing plant equipment, process tanks, and buildings.

Project Update – January 2023

The new WWTP for the City of Greenfield is just three months into a 24-month schedule and progressing nicely. The base mat for the SBR is complete and the walls are moving along quickly. Once complete this will be the largest SBR in the State of Indiana and will include a new Influent Pump Station, Headworks with grit removal, four SBRs with a sludge holding tank, UV disinfection, a sludge dewatering building with a centrifuge, and a new administration building. To date, through collaboration between Commonwealth Engineers, Inc and the contractor F.A. Wilhelm Construction, the project cost has been reduced to less than the original bid amount.

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