The Wharves at Choptank Crossing (Crouse Park)
A Visitor's Center will be constructed at Crouse Park. Construction shall begin towards the end of July 2016. Completion date is scheduled for June 2017. On June 23rd, 2016 Governor Hogan along with various delegates, commissioners, and Town Council held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of this exciting project. Please see the rendering photo below.
Wastewater Treatment Plant UV Disinfection / Repairs and Improvements
The Wastewater Treatment Plant will undergo an Ultraviolet Disinfection Installation as well as various Repairs and Improvements. The following will take place:
The plant will upgrate it's disinfection process to Ultraviolet Disinfection. Currently the plant uses Gas Chlorine to disinfect wastewater. This is considered an old technology. Although effective, Gas Chlorine presents a danger to operations staff as well as the surrounding community. Gas Chlorine is very expensive, and also requires Gas Sulfur Dioxide to dechlorinate the wastewater prior to sending it to the Choptank River. Ultraviolet Disinfection uses no chemicals, and modern units are more energy efficient. As soon as the upgrade takes place, chemical usage will drastically go down. Also, since the Town has a solar field in close proximity to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, the energy savings will add to the efficiency of this upgrade.
Repairs and Various Improvements
The plant will undergo some repairs and improvements as follows:
- Biolac Basin #2: The plant's Biolac Basin #2 will have it's liner replaced. The liner is 17 years old and has failed. In addition to the liner being replaced, all aeration piping and hoses will be replaced, all electric actuators will be replaced, and all electronic controls will be replaced.
- Influent Barscreen: The plant's barscreen is responsible for removing solids from the waste stream prior to biological and chemical treatment. This unit is 17 years old and is online 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
- Headworks Garage Door: The garage door to the headworks building has failed due to age and corrosive environment. The door will be replaced
- Headworks Ventillation System: The ventillation system in the Headworks Building is 17 years old and runs 24 hours a day 7 days a week. This system will be replaced due to age and wear
- Solitax Probe: The plant's sand filter will receive a Solitax Probe which is an online Suspended Solids monitor. This will constantly monitor the clarity of the sand filter effluent which is very useful data to operations staff.
- Compressor Controls: The plant's compressors will undergo a controls upgrade. This will help extend longevity of the compressors that are online 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
We are at the very early stages of this project, design should begin sometime in February of 2017. The project should be completed within a year or so.