Updated: 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | Posted: 9:14 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Yellow Springs treatment plant upgraded

Facility is now releasing highly cleaned water into waterways.

By Jessica Heffner

Staff Writer

YELLOW SPRINGS — A $3 million upgrade at the Yellow Springs’ water treatment facility will ensure the village meets government water standards and reduce pollution.

Built in the 1960s, the facility was in need of a major overhaul, said Joe Bates, Yellow Springs water and wastewater superintendent.

It took two years to implement the upgrades that were completed this spring. A new computer system replaces the plant’s late-1980s manual controls with state-of-the-art digital and remote panels. The panels allow staff to check facility levels and troubleshoot issues from anywhere there is an Internet connection, Bates said.

A new 2.5 million gallon storm water retention basin allows the plant to hold excess water during heavy rainfalls. This measure ensures all water is treated before it is sent out into the Yellow Springs creek and then the Little Miami River, Bates said.

Previously, excess water would run into waterways barely treated, and therefore not meeting requirements for the plant’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, which Bates said is issued through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

“We’re well within compliance now. We’re meeting our permit,” Bates said.

That’s good news for the animals that live in the waterways and for the Nelson family, who make regular trips to Yellow Springs from Kettering to play in the creeks.

“We go by the creek all the time and try to find little animals,” Alison Nelson said. “Now we can enjoy this environment just that much more.”


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