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The Racine Wastewater Utility hydraulic capacity is an Average Daily Flow of 36 MGD, Peak Hourly Flow of 108 MGD, and a wet weather optimization process flow of 308 MGD.
Highly trained, experienced, State-certified plant operators employed by the Racine Wastewater Utility are on duty seven days a week to oversee treatment plant processes and to respond to any unusual condition or circumstance. Many of the treatment process controls are highly automated requiring a great deal of technical expertise. Other processes require manual controls which rely on the operator's physical presence to observe conditions and make adjustments. Operators are carefully monitoring every aspect of the facility.
Per Wisconsin state code, wastewater treatment plants are assigned a basic or advanced classification rating. Subclasses are also assigned to wastewater treatment plants that correspond to the processes used at the plant. Each plant must have a designated operator-in-charge certified at the plant class level and in the same subclasses as the processes used at the plant.
In order to become a certified wastewater treatment plant operator,
a person must pass both the basic general wastewater exam and at least one basic subclass exam
. The subclass exam(s) is dependent upon the processes at the treatment plant at which the operator works. There are 8 subclasses. Subclasses are designated by categories. Wastewater operators have the opportunity to take certification exams for the following general processes:
The requirements for wastewater operator certification for each level are:
Advanced : Obtain 10 advanced points and submit an advanced certification application (see the Advanced Certification webpage for more info)
On-site instrumentation provides information and records data on wastewater quality around the clock. Information is collected and stored automatically in a database for evaluation by plant staff. Samples are collected and analyzed by certified laboratory technicians in an on-site State-certified laboratory.
No - While the final effluent water discharged from the treatment plant is safe to recycle back to the environment, it is not treated to meet drinking water standards. It is, however, treated to stringent limits to meet environmental quality standards.
The neighborhood collection systems are mainly "gravity driven" - where water flows downhill from household sewer laterals into street sewer pipes called sewer mains. The wastewater is then collected at area lift stations where it is pumped up into a system where gravity mains drain to the wastewater treatment plant through larger pipes called sewer interceptors. Storm rain water has its own network of pipes called storm sewers that discharge directly into Lake Michigan or Root River and is not treated at the wastewater treatment plant.
Methane gas production also varies with the concentration of the organic waste and the total amount of gallons of sludge pumped to the digesters per day. On average, 46,000 gallons of sludge are pumped every day to the digesters and the methane gas production averages 200,000 cubic feet per day.
No. A discharge of wastewater is prohibited to the land surface from a dwelling, establishment, building sewer, or onsite wastewater treatment system without DNR approval.
Wastewater means liquid and water borne wastes from a dwelling or establishment. Wastewater includes both blackwater and graywater.
Graywater is defined as domestic waste, excluding black water, and including bath, lavatory, laundry and sink waste, except kitchen sink waste.
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