Forty years of age and wear caused deterioration at the Carlos A. Morris Wastewater Treatment Plant, owned by the Water Works and Sewer Board (WWSB) of the City of Prichard, Alabama. To upgrade the facility and meet current regulatory standards, the Prichard WWSB turned to Volkert for the evaluation and design of the needed improvements.
Improvements designed by Volkert upgraded the treatment process to provide a consistent level of treatment satisfactory to the requirements of the Clean Water Act as administered by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.
The treatment process upgrade included converting the existing trickling filter to an activated sludge aeration basin, installing a new final clarifier, constructing sludge return pumping facilities, and a new post aeration basin, providing new chlorination and dechlorination facilities, and adding a new control system with state-of-the-art instrumentation.
A completely equipped and staffed laboratory provides testing for both of the city’s wastewater treatment plants. All other unit processes and facilities were rehabilitated and modernized to provide reliable, efficient and safe operation. The plant now meets all EPA mandated effluent requirements for the foreseeable future. And it can now handle up to 4 million gallons of wastewater per day.
The work was performed in stages to retain the maximum possible level of treatment throughout the construction period.
The Morris Plant received the Merit Award for Engineering Excellence from theConsulting Engineers Council of Alabama in 1991.
Scope of Work: Wastewater Management Plan, Grant Documentation, Regulatory Compliance, Cost Estimates, Facility Design, Bid and Construction Management, Operational Documentation, On-Site Training