Efficient, Effective Wastewater Treatment Keeps Customer Costs Down—and Our Water Clean
First Utility District operates one of the most efficient wastewater treatment plants in the State of Tennessee. In order to meet the growing need for wastewater services as West Knoxville has expanded there have been several large expansions at the plant. Since 1974 the plant has upgraded its capacity from one million gallons per day plant to an eighteen million gallons per day plant to meet the growing demand for more capacity.
The First Utility District plant is operated by experienced class 4 certified operators. This certification level is the highest level that can be acquired in the State of Tennessee. Also, First Utility District was the first wastewater treatment facility in the State to earn a Class A biosolids permit. This permit qualified the process used in biosolids treatment as so efficient that the biosolids could be used as low-grade fertilizer for soil stabilization. Due to increased cost in the operation of this process, we currently dispose of our biosolids in an area landfill. This change in process was due to the cost-effectiveness of landfill disposal which in turn helps us maintain a low rate structure.
The wastewater treatment facility uses a biological process to treat the wastewater that is generated by the community and disposed of in our system. This process is very efficient and produces a high quality finished product. The effluent that is generated through the process is then treated with a regulated amount of sodium hypochlorite to disinfect and then discharged into the Tennessee River. This discharge is normally of a much higher quality than the actual River itself.
One last fact. For the past four years, First Utility District wastewater plant has earned the Operator Excellence Award in the State of Tennessee. The award was given to our operations staff as a result of operational efficiency which resulted in no violations of our Discharge monitoring permit during each of those 12 month periods.
Plant tours of our wastewater treatment plant are available to school groups and others. We welcome the opportunity to serve our community by providing complete details for the process of wastewater treatment.
To arrange a tour, email Chloe Pool at firstname.lastname@example.org.