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Budgetary quotes were received from a
trucking company who could haul potable
water from a neighboring utility and several
equipment suppliers who could provide
mobile equipment necessary to produce
potable water from the FCFSP Lake. All
of this information was summarized in
a memo to TDOC. Based on the best
information available and the assumption
that the emergency supply would have
to last three months, it appeared that
the mobile treatment alternative was the
most economical way to provide water not
only to BCCX, but also to supplement the
FCFSP and the FCFUD.
A meeting was held that same day at
the State Capitol that included Governor
Haslam and representatives of the
Governor's Office, the State Legislature,
the Departments of Environment and
Conservation (TDEC), Correction (TDOC),
Emergency Management (TEMA) and the
affected municipalities/utilities. After a brief
summary of the issues, alternatives were
discussed. Many of these alternatives
focused on lengthy line extensions to
neighboring utilities that could take six
months or more to construct. At that point,
Governor Haslam questioned what solution
could be implemented in under a month.
It was at that time that the alternative
of an emergency water treatment plant
at FCFSP was advanced. "Can this be
operational in under three weeks?"
Governor Haslam asked. SSR agreed that
if TDEC and TDOC could work through
the procurement and the legalities, we
believed it could be running that quickly.
After a brief executive discussion, the
decision was made to move forward with
the emergency treatment plant.

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A long way to go and a short
time to get there
SSR immediately went to work. There
were an incredible number of details
associated with such an undertaking and not
much time to ponder them. The next day,
SSR and TDEC met at Fall Creek Falls State
Park to determine a suitable location for the
facility, and to collect the required samples
for TDEC to issue a Source Water Approval.
The park's marina was selected based on its
proximity to the arterial waterline through the
park, its suitable access road and its distance
from the inn and cabins due to concerns with
security and noise. The balance of the first
week was spent obtaining both engineering
information and rental agreements from the
various equipment suppliers.
The second week was dedicated to
engineering the hydraulics, chemical
feed and site work associated with the
treatment plant. Much of this was done
in Google Earth and with a rudimentary
computer hydraulic model because of the
lack of record drawings for the site and the
water distribution systems. A number of
assumptions had to be made given the lack
of information and the fact that months of
design work was being compressed into a
week. Most of the raw water quality data
wasn't even available from the lab during
this period, and only one sample could be
analyzed in the time allotted. Numerous
conference calls were held with TDEC
to determine the appropriate treatment.
It was determined that direct membrane
microfiltration followed by ultraviolet
disinfection and appropriate chemical
stabilization was the best alternative given
the water quality and site constraints. All
of this information was summarized in an

Engineering
Report that was
sent to TDEC for
approval. That approval
took less than one day due
to the close coordination TDEC
had with the project team.
At the beginning of the third
week, construction began on-site. The
first hurdle was grading the site for the
mobile equipment since the membrane
train had to be relatively level. Over the
next nine days, the park staff continually
demonstrated their resourcefulness
and willingness to help make this plant
a reality. Within 24 hours of being
on-site, the park staff had constructed
a retaining wall, coordinated gravel and
sand deliveries and leveled out the
area that was needed for the mobile
equipment. Grading work was completed
mere minutes before the first piece of
equipment, the plant clearwell, arrived on
the back of a TDOT lo-boy. The clearwell
was a 12,000 gallon HDPE coagulant
storage tank supplied by the city of Alcoa.
The city took it upon themselves to utilize
their TDOT connections to have the tank
delivered to the site within a few days.
Almost immediately thereafter, the Pall
mobile treatment unit arrived behind a
tractor trailer rig.
By the end of the day on Sunday,
November 13, all systems had been
installed and disinfected and bacteria
sampling had been collected for TDEC's
approval. Monday morning, all of the field
service representatives for the various
equipment showed up to test out the
systems and train the system operations
specialists. TDEC representatives were
also onsite to provide guidance and talk
with the system operations specialists.
The permitted operation of the emergency
water treatment plant was established
using the existing operation permit held
by TDOC and the Taft plant. System
operations specialists for the plant were
assembled from numerous other facilities
across Middle and East Tennessee via
an emergency contract established by
TDOC with Hailey Management Services.
The final day of construction involved
getting the online instruments and lab
ready for duty. All of this equipment had
been donated by local utilities and Hach
Company to support the effort.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of WaterPro Magazine - 2017

Rural Water Systems Flourishing with Support of USDA
NRWA's Regulatory Committee
Associational Opportunity
The Success of the Revolving Loan
Tennessee’s Volunteers Establish Emergency Water Treatment Plant in Under Three Weeks
WaterPro Apprenticeship Advances
NRWA Products and Services
From the President
From the Deputy CEO
Index to Advertisers/ Advertisers.com
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WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - From the President
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WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - From the Deputy CEO
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WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - Rural Water Systems Flourishing with Support of USDA
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WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - NRWA's Regulatory Committee
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WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - Associational Opportunity
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WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - The Success of the Revolving Loan
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WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - Tennessee’s Volunteers Establish Emergency Water Treatment Plant in Under Three Weeks
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WaterPro Magazine - 2017 - WaterPro Apprenticeship Advances
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