For many years, Huber Heights, Ohio, had searched for an effective and affordable way to eliminate gaseous chlorine (Cl2) use at its 4.46 MGD Needmore Road Water Treatment Plant. Earlier this year the plant’s gas chlorination equipment and pressurized gas cylinders were finally removed from the site. In their place, but encompassing a much smaller footprint, now sits the innovative dry calcium hypochlorite makeup and delivery system that made this change possible.
Drinking water to Huber Heights and Miami County customers is supplied from two water treatment plants, the Needmore Road Water Treatment Plant and the 7 MGD Rip Rap Road Water Treatment Plant. “When the new Rip Rap Road plant came on line in 2006, we set up our Needmore plant to serve as our back-up facility,” says former Huber Heights Engineer and now Assistant City Manager, Scott Falkowski. “The plant typically runs two times a week for a couple of hours, to keep its clear wells and equipment turned over. Last year, one of our wells went down and we had to run the old plant full time for a while, so it’s still very important for us to maintain its contracted to operate and manage the city-owned Division of Water and Wastewater under a long-term public-private partnership with Huber Heights.