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Claypool Hill: Triumph Over Adversity BY DONNA LAWSON, WASTEWATER OPERATION SPECIALIST gently rolling hills of Tazewell County, Claypool Hill is a small community which boasts about 2,000 residents. The Claypool Hill Wastewater Treatment plant is owned and operated by the Tazewell County Public Service Authority and is situated just off US-19N. The wastewater facility has just completed a major transformation that was both needed and hard won. NESTLED IN THE The original treatment plant was a contact stabilization built during the early 1980's and was well past its prime after 32 years of operation. A Dewberry and Davis design, the 0.35 MGD Class III facility had dual treatment sides consisting of chambers for aeration, clarification and digestion. Chlorine gas was used for disinfection and sulfur dioxide was employed for dechlorination. Covered drying beds were for waste sludge and a small concrete building measuring roughly 8' x 12' served as the office/lab and bathroom. The aging infrastructure and increasing population cumulated in the summer of 2013, finding the facility in consent order by VA DEQ for violating on overflows, ammonia and TSS. The PSA responded by beginning the process of a preparing for a much-needed upgrade and hiring a new chief operator, Michael Ward. With a quick smile and a can-do attitude, Mike brought new energy into the increasingly difficult situation of a failing plant. He worked with VRWA to provide technical training for the operators per DEQ's consent order requirements and coordinated between the selected design engineering firm, Thompson and Litton and the PSA. However, in the fall of 2013, unimaginable tragedy struck. On October 10, during a routine morning checking pump stations on the way to the plant, Mike was hit by a driver of an F450 Ford truck who had fallen asleep at the wheel. Even though he miraculously survived the impact, his injuries were traumatic. Mike suffered a broken neck, back and ribs. He also had a punctured Sludge handling building, digester and cascade aerator. Oxidation ditch with head works in background. lung, crushed ankles and a severe head injury that resulted having a portion of his brain having to be removed during emergency surgery. Mike was in the hospital six months and spent three months in physical therapy after that. In all, he was off one year and one day before returning to work in October 2014. Construction of the new facility started in May, but once back, Mike lost no time in getting involved in the ongoing plant upgrade. Almost to the day within a year after his return, Mike achieved his Class II license the new plant required. He jokes that it's a great achievement from a man with half a brain. Mike is extremely proud of the treatment results of the new oxidation ditch during the first two months of operation. The contract called for all of the existing mixed liquor and digested sludge to be put into the new plant which is producing non detect for E.coli and ammonia and 2-3 mg/L for TSS and CBOD, respectively. The new plant is twice the capacity of the original and was designed for 0.70 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Spring 2016

From the President: Strong
From the Executive Director: Do You Need VRWA?
Thanks for the Memories!
Future Operators: Implementing A Career
Claypool Hill: Triumph Over Adversity
Work Zone Safety Awareness: V-DOT Work Zone Traffic Control Certification
Water System Consolidation
Decline of Coal: Economic Effects on Utilities
Effectively Managing Inventory Space and Costs
VRWA Report Card
NRWA Recap
Planning Reports Funded for Three Rural Water and Waste Projects in Central Virginia
VRWA Members Corner
Throwing My Loop: A Positive Life...
Booster Club
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Mail Bag
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Spring 2016