[Photos by Mark Foster - For Shaw Media]
[Here is a view of the new sewage digester operations facility under construction at the Batavia Wastewater Treatment Plant, showing the giant pipes that will be used to transport the sewage.]
BATAVIA – At the far south end of downtown Batavia, along the west bank of the Fox River, one of the biggest public works projects in the city’s history is steadily taking shape.
When all is complete, the city’s expanded wastewater treatment plant will meet tightening federal environmental standards and possess greater operational capacity to serve the city’s residents for years to come.
People flush the toilet and give no thought to what happens at the other end of the sewer line, but the treatment of wastewater is a complex process involving sophisticated chemical, biological and mechanical disciplines.
Batavia Wastewater Superintendent Byron Ritchason leads a crew of five full-time plant operators as well as a part-time laboratory technician and a part-time assistant. The staff is responsible not only for the treatment plant but 18 pump stations scattered all over the city.
With winter finally over, work is intensifying on two major components of the project.