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  • Wednesday 06:05 PM
    14th of November, 2018
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    KWRD Phase 1B Improvements

    The District's $46.35m project is currently under construction.

    Details of the ongoing project can be viewed by clicking below

    Ph 1B Improvements

    FY 2018/19 Tentative Budget

    The FY 2018/19 Tentative Budget is available

    for review. To view please click the link below

    View KWRD FY 2018/19 Tentative Budget

    Preliminary Mechanical Treatment

    Preliminary Treatment is aimed at removing large objects, coarse debris and inorganic material from the wastewater.

    Removal of Inorganic Material

    Bar Screens

    Large objects like clothing, soda cans, beer bottles, rags, sticks, feminine hygiene products, diapers, tree roots, large clumps of grease – all the things not meant to be flushed in the first place – are taken out of the wastewater by passing it through openings in parallel bars in machines called “bar screens.”

    The wastewater passes through openings in parallel bars while the debris (called screenings) gets caught on the bars and is removed by means of a mechanically operated rake that pushes the screenings onto a trough.

    Compacting and Disposal of Screenings

    The screenings generated from the preliminary treatment are pressed to remove excess water and then bagged into a plastic tube. They are then put in a dumpster to be hauled off to a sanitary landfill for burial.

    Grit Removal

    Next, the wastewater is put into a velocity controlled tank called a cyclone dewatering unit. A vortex mixer controls the velocity in the tank so that only the heavier particles settle out, removing glass, metal, sand and gravel particles, referred to as “grit.”

    Disposal of Grit

    The grit is then conveyed up an incline and placed in a dumpster for disposal in the sanitary landfill.

    Continuation of the Treatment Process

    The lighter organic materials remain in the wastewater and move on to the next stage of treatment. Pumps move the wastewater, now strained of trash, sand, and gravel, on to Primary Treatment.

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