Old North State Water Company is pleased to announce the hiring of a new operator for the Briar Chapel plant. Chip White has over 14 years of experience operating 30 different plants with all different types of technologies, ranging in size from 1,000 gallons per day to 1,000,000 gallons per day. In addition, we believe you will continue to see improved operations and maintenance activities at the plant and throughout the neighborhood. Chip is a full time ONSWC employee rather than a contract operator.
We wish Amanda well in her future endeavors and appreciate all she has done for ONSWC and Briar Chapel.
The plant expansion is progressing smoothly and on schedule. We have received a draft permit from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality including the enhancements requested for the existing plant and the plant expansion. These include converting the existing plant to diffused air from surface aeration as well as diffused air for the plant expansion. The current plant has surface aeration akin to large eggbeaters to infuse air into the water and spray water into the air.
Diffused air on the other hand utilizes fine bubble diffusers on the bottom of the tanks to introduce air into the water and do not create spray.
The plant expansion will also cover the equalization basins with sealed fiberglass covers and the air will be passed through a state-of-the-art biological odor control system, at a rate of 6 air changes per hour. The odor control system is manufactured by Evoqua and if you would like more information on this system you can find it here. We expect these enhancements will vastly improve operations and decrease odor issues with the plant. ONSWC appreciates the support from the community, BCCA and Stop Chatham North voiced to NCDEQ for the permit modifications.
The bypass line at Lift Station A by the dog park is complete and pressure testing is being completed now. Some materials delivery delays have slowed down completion of this important project. We will confirm when the line is operational and breathe a sigh of relief to finally take the defective force main offline. We anticipate the bypass will be placed in service next week.
Here are some pictures of the construction progress at the plant.
Please check back frequently for updates on the Briar Chapel wastewater system. If you have questions, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-511-2911.