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North Durham Water Reclamation Facility Underway

Durham Water Reclamation Construction by TA Loving

Construction of the new North Durham Water Reclamation Facility in Durham, North Carolina is well underway. This $9.3 million project will add capacity and improve the existing treatment facility for all of North Durham. The project consists of a new 2.7 million gallon aeration basin and a new ultraviolet disinfection structure at the water reclamation facility that will increase capacity by about 20%.

An installed temporary bypass pumping system will divert all the influent wastewater flow around a Flow Distribution Structure under renovation. This portion of the Work is scheduled to take approximately 5 weeks, installing new 24 to 42" ductile iron flanged piping, knife gate valves, and flow meters, as well as a 60" x 42" specially-fabricated steel pipe fitting in an excavation just outside this structure that is 15 ft. deep and over 50 ft. wide. These five 12" and 16" diesel-powered bypass pumps are programmed to handle variations in the incoming flow volume from as low as 6 million gallons per day (MGD) to a peak as high as 30 MGD. An automatic alert system is set up to notify key personnel of either a primary pump failure or if the flows get so high that four or more pumps are running.

The project also consists of a concrete cast-in-place junction box around an existing 84" diameter pipe. This outfall pipe carries the entire amount of effluent flow from the N. Durham Water Reclamation Facility's ultraviolet disinfection treatment facility to a creek that flows into Falls Lake.

The water reclamation facility has a scheduled completion date of July 2011.

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