Severn Trent Services announced that its contract with the Borough of Boyertown, Pa., has been extended for an additional five years. Severn Trent Services will continue to provide full-service contract operations and maintenance of the water and wastewater treatments plants. Severn Trent also provides water and sewer line repair and maintenance, watershed protection, capital projects management, meter reading and customer service for the borough. The contract extension is valued at approximately $3.4 million.
Severn Trent assumed management of the facilities in 1994, and implemented changes to chemical feed, solids management and process control programs that improved wastewater treatment and reduced costs.
Preliminary plans for additional tankage and filters were found by Severn Trent to be unnecessary.
Subsequently, Severn Trent removed trickling filters and multimedia filters from service saving the Borough $60,000 annually while improving plant discharge quality. Drinking water treatment was optimized by changes in chemical treatment, automation, and employee development and training.
During Severn Trent’s tenure, the Boyertown wastewater facility was awarded the Eastern Pennsylvania Water Pollution Control Operators Association (EPWPCOA) Plant Safety Award - 2002, and the PWEA Facility Safety Award - 2003. The water treatment plant received a commendation from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for meeting all Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL), Monitoring, and Treatment Technique (TT) performance requirements for calendar year 1997.
The Boyertown water system includes a 1.9-MGD surface water treatment plant, two raw water reservoirs totaling 400 MG with over 700 acres of watershed, two 1-MG storage tanks, 0.1 MG standpipe, one booster station and 25 miles of water distribution lines. The wastewater system includes 20 miles of collection lines, one lift station and a 0.75-MGD treatment plant. The combined facilities serve 7,400 residents.