The Wastewater Treatment Plant consists of the following personnel:
a. Superintendent (1)
b. Waste Water Lead Operator (1)
c. Operator/Maintenance (2)
The City of Buchanan built one of the first wastewater treatment plants on the St. Joseph River in 1938. The plant was designated a primary treatment plant, meaning it provided primary settling, with removal of approximately 40% of all solids.
Industrial Pretreatment Program: The City of Buchanan adopted an Industrial Pretreatment Program on December 3, 1984. The program was mandated for all wastewater plants with flows of 1.0 MGD or more. The program consists of monitoring of all industrial discharges listed in CFR 40 or which may discharge constituents that may cause a problem in the system or inhibit treatment of the wastewater.
Lift Stations: Plant personnel also monitor and perform maintenance on 6 lift stations.
The plant consists of the following treatment units:
1. Influent channel w/solids comminution
2. Grit removal
3. Primary settling tanks (3)
4. Aeration tanks (2)
5. Secondary settling tanks (2)
6. Up-flow clarifier (1)
7. Sludge thickening tank (1)
8. Anaerobic digester (1)
9. Sludge drying beds (9)
The City of Buchanan recently added another major piece of equipment at the wastewater plant in the form of a 350KW generator. The generator shall allow the plant to continue meeting all permit limits during any power outages.
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