Foresight Design

A recent $10.2-million upgrade at the regional wastewater treatment plant operated by the Portage (Pa.) Area Sewer Authority doubled the facility’s daily flow rating to 2 million gal per day (mgd) and brought the previously deficient peak rating up to 6 mgd. Added peak capacity was a primary goal of the project to correct hydraulic limitations that previously required repeated bypasses during heavy rainfall events caused by inflow and infiltration (I&I) into the collection system.

Caught Up in Time

City officials in Sullivan, Mo., were notably proud in 1988 when their new aerated wastewater treatment lagoon began operation. Within five years, however, the plant was essentially obsolete due to the reclassification of the effluent-receiving stream by the state’s regulatory agency and apprehensions about the stability of the site’s underpinning geology.

Rising to a New Challenge

The Newville Borough Water and Sewer Authority (NBWSA) in Newville, Pa., has over 6.5 miles of sewers in the borough, serving a population of 1,326. An additional 5.7 miles of gravity sewers and one pumping station serves surrounding municipalities.

Project Background

Surging Ahead

The city of Portage is a former borough within Portage Township in Cambria County, Pa. Before a $10.2 million upgrade, the Portage Area Sewer Authority was operating in a facility built in 1972.

Project Background