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Wastewater Treatment Adding UV Disinfection

Davenport Wastewater Treatment Adding UV Disinfection
Posted on 11/19/2020
Davenport Wastewater Treatment Adding UV Disinfection

The Davenport Water Pollution Control, or Wastewater Treatment, Plant is currently undergoing upgrades to install a 55 M Gallon ultraviolet (UV) disinfection facility.

When complete in March of 2022, water leaving secondary treatment will be further treated by passing through ultraviolet light for increased pollutant removal rates before being returned back to the Mississippi River.

Construction of the facility was necessary to meet the new Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) water quality standards to release treated wastewater.  The project will cost 7.3 M to construct and is a more sustainable and environmentally friendly solution to wastewater treatment than other options such as adding chemicals and chlorination.  Studies showed that not only was UV treatment a more environmentally friendly and safer solution but a more cost-effective option over time.

Once the UV facility is in operation, the regional wastewater treatment facility will return water to the Mississippi River cleaner than the receiving waters themselves.

Cool stuff for Davenport and the future of our nation’s water assets.