Mason’s Water Reclamation Plant helps preserve a clean environment.
The City of Mason Public Utilities Department operates a Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) on Mason-Morrow-Millgrove Road. The plant first began accepting flows on May 10, 2006, and continues to draw interest from industry specialists for its state-of-the-art processes.
The PTI (Permit-to-Install) application and an updated NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System) permit application for the new plant were submitted to the OEPA (Ohio Environmental Protection Agency) in April 2003. OEPA conducted a combined public hearing for permit renewal and anti-degradation on September 9, 2003, at Mason Municipal Center. The City of Mason received approval by the OEPA of the PTI and NPDES permits in October, 2005.
Under the City’s NPDES Permit for the Water Reclamation Plant, there is a requirement for preparation of an annual report on Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs). The report for each year must be prepared by March 31st of the following year. The 2014 report is available for inspection by the general public at the City’s Water Reclamation Plant, 3200 Mason-Morrow-Millgrove Road. The plant is open from 7 am to 3:30 pm each weekday, except for holidays. The telephone number at the plant is 229-8570.
The receiving stream for the City of Mason WRP is a small tributary of the Little Miami River named Muddy Creek.
The WRP serves all residential, commercial, and industrial entities, including public buildings, within the city. Treatment is ongoing 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. In addition, WRP staff operates and maintains 9 remote lift stations.
Reclaiming wastewater to return it to the environment is a complicated but efficient process. Here are some of the components of the City of Mason’s Water Reclamation Plant.
- Outlying Collection System
- Influent Pump Station
- Screening and Grit Removal
- Oxidation Ditches
- Reusing Treated Water