Sewer Treatment Plants
Middle Smithfield Township owns and operates multiple sewage treatment plants:
Fernwood Treatment Plant
On August 12, 1993, Middle Smithfield Township took over ownership of the Fernwood, Inc Treatment Plant. The plant's collection system and treatment plant has a capacity of 1,000,000 gallons per day (GPD). The system consists of approximately 3.2 miles of low-pressure sewer lines, 6-inch force mains, 8-inch force mains, 10-inch force mains, 12-inch force mains, and eleven pumping stations. Operations and maintenance of the plant are performed by Prosser Laboratories. Middle Smithfield Township currently owns rights to 621,000 GPD.
Winona Lakes Treatment Plant
The Winona Lakes Sewage Treatment Plant has been operated and maintained by Middle Smithfield Township since the Middle Smithfield Township Sewer Authority took over ownership in the end of 2001. The plant's collection system and treatment plant has a capacity of 400,000 GPD. Wastewater is treated in numerous chambers where it goes through various cycles of disinfection and sludge screening. The Plant has 1 duplex pumping station with two running pumps. Operations and maintenance of the plant are performed by Prosser Laboratories.
Maintenance & Operation of the Treatment Plants
The Township has contracted with Prosser Laboratories to perform all routine monitoring, maintenance, and repair of the plant and collection system, including the pump stations.
- Routine monitoring includes flow recording and influent and effluent sampling.
- Preventive maintenance includes routine cleaning tasks and making system repairs.
- Emergency maintenance is handled by Prosser Labs or an outside contractor depending on the nature of the problem.
In addition to monitoring and mandated testing and maintenance, there are also utility costs (water, electrical, etc.), as well as costs for engineering, chemicals, supplies, and sludge disposal and hauling.