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It’s been obvious the last few years at the City of St. Augustine’s Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), 501 Riberia St., that an upgrade in the aeration system was due since mechanical failures had been gradually increasing. In mid-January the city installed modular and innovative floating equipment which supplemented the current system in use but was still able to meet permit requirements without taking any of the necessary treatment out of service. The specific design allowed staff to add units to extend the lifetime of the current system and due to staff experience at the plant, they were able to remove portions of the old system and assemble the new system in place. The entire process saved the city upward to six figures said Martha Graham, P. E., Director of Public Works.
The equipment which was unique to the industry, was purchased from Aeration Industries International, Inc. (AII), Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Wanting to showcase the equipment design and specifically the City of St. Augustine’s newly adapted equipment, AII invited national and international sales representatives to the city to hear and see for themselves what a great product they were representing and selling to municipalities and private companies throughout the world.
Arriving Wednesday, February 24, approximately 60 professionals representing 20 international companies had training sessions, award banquets and sightseeing during the three day period. AII underwrote their visit and their stay in the Casa Monica with the individual companies providing the transportation costs. The group took a tour train of the city and visited Castillo de San Marcos and many said they were going to come back soon with their families to see more of the city.
George Lomax, Supervisor of the Wastewater Treatment Plant spoke to the group at the Casa Monica prior to their tour of the WWTP, gave them an overview of the plant and answered questions about its installation. The group visited the plant for more than an hour and was able to see the equipment in action. Out of professional curiosity, many asked to see other areas of the plant and its operations.
Remarking on the city and the wastewater treatment plant, Dave Levinson, David Industrial Sales, Inc. of Akron, Ohio, stated “you can see that the guys here at this plant take pride in its cleanliness. There’s no obsolete equipment around and the grounds, they’re kept very nice.”
Rai Watanabe, Metcon Sale and Engineering Ltd, Concord, Ontario, Canada, stated, “we’ve had an amazing time here and this plant is so clean.” Rick Nash, new England Environmental Equipment, Inc., Bedford, Massachusetts, added, “the accommodations are wonderful and I have friends in Daytona, so I’m coming back to spend more time.”
Lomax commented that many of the participants brought their families and intended to spend the weekend before traveling back to their home.
The aeration equipment was installed at the Riberia plant about six weeks ago and is ‘performing above our expectations’ stated Lomax. Martha Graham, P. E., Director of Public Works stated that “city staff is not only innovative by finding cost saving solutions, they took it another step by using their talent and ability to perform the work ‘in house’ themselves, at a savings to the public. And we were so happy to be able to show others how well the system has worked for us.”