Faced with increasingly stringent water quality standards and increasing wastewater flows, the City of Saraland turned to Volkert to evaluate its Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) and to design improvements to the facility.
Volkert’s evaluated process alternatives and designed renovations to the existing WWTF including modifications to the headworks, conversion of the biological process to a sequencing batch reactor (SBR), and construction of a UV system, digester, and dewatering facility. Volkert also provided construction inspection services, training, and Operation & Maintenance Manuals.
Environmental services included permitting documentation and the completion of a report documenting the closure of Underground Storage Tanks (UST). Volkert was responsible for soil sampling and analysis, excavation material management, and hydro-geologic aspects of the excavation as well as preparation of final closure report, which resulted in “no further action” approval from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.
The SBR conversion, along with completed upgrades to other components, allowed the City to meet and exceed current demands and standards and prepare for future changes. The project was awarded Project of the Year from the Mobile Area Council of Engineers (MACE) and also received a 2004 Engineering Excellence Award from the Alabama Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).