Santa Paula Water Recycling Facility
Awarded Plant of the Year
COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Santa
Paula Water Recycling Facility added another honor to its collection.
The California Water Environment Association (CWEA) selected this
"exceptional" facility as the 2014 Plant of the Year Award for Ventura, Santa
Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. It is now in the
running for plant of the year for the state of California.
was recognized by CWEA for its "outstanding achievements within the
water environment field," specifically noting its award-winning
efficient design, commitment to process efficiency, and exceptionally
high quality effluent.
original facility was constructed in 1939 and no longer met the water
quality standards established by the Regional Water Quality Control
Board. Accumulating more than $8 million in fines, the City
needed a new facility expeditiously and economically in order to waive
the fines. They selected the Alinda Capital Partners and PERC Water
Corporation team that utilized private sources of funding to fund the
design and construction of the new Facility. Construction began in July
2008, and the Facility began treating the city's wastewater in May
2010, seven months ahead of the city's compliance deadline.
of the wastewater treatment at the Facility occurs in enclosed
underground tanks with the operations buildings, offices, laboratory,
etc. constructed above the tanks. As a result, the footprint of the
Facility is 70% smaller than the city had planned for, has 25% more
treatment capacity, and produces significantly less noise and odors than
typical conventional wastewater facilities.
Paula Water Recycling Facility has been cited by industry experts as one
of the most cost-effective MBR systems in the world due to designs that
focused heavily on reducing power consumption. This was achieved by
selecting energy efficient equipment and a more efficient sequence of
process operations. Additionally, the office buildings use a combination
of natural lighting and sensor-driven fluorescent lighting that exceeds
the California Title 24 standards for energy efficiency. This
combination of design and operational efficiency has resulted in energy
consumption that is 30% lower than PERC Water's performance guarantee.
The cost savings due to reduced power consumption are shared with the
City of Santa Paula.
produced by the Facility has consistently surpassed permit requirements
since operation commenced nearly five years ago. The Facility routinely
removes more than 99% of the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and total
suspended solids (TSS), and reduces the nitrogen content of the
wastewater by more than 90%. The final effluent is disinfected using
ultraviolet light prior to discharge into percolation basins that aid in
the firm responsible for the design, construction and operations of the
Facility, is a water-recycling firm committed to serving communities and
the environment. These efforts have not gone unnoticed, as the Santa
Paula Water Recycling Facility has received multiple accolades from The
Environmental Business Journal, the Design-Build Institute
of America and Global Water Intelligence for
its innovative approaches to water recycling. For more information,
SOURCE PERC Water