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Wastewater Treatment History

In 1974 the Village of Pickerington built its first wastewater treatment plant and it was located at 525 Hill Road South.  At that time, the plant processed 580,000 gallons per day from a population of approximately 3,880.

The administration building housed a process control lab, office, MCC (motor controlled center) room and restroom.  The blowers and pumps were located on the first sub-level. In order to manually clean the bar screen and grit removal channels with a rake and shovel into trash bags, one had to go down a spiral stair three levels.  Once cleaned, the trash bags had to be carried back up the three levels for disposal by our local waste hauler. This plant served the village until 1986.

In 1986 & 1987 the City completed its first expansion which was designed to improve capacity to 1.2 million gallons per day (MGD), nearly double the original volume.  The administration building was converted to a maintenance shop and a new administration building was built.  The new administration building housed a modern lab, a generator room, and a blower room.  The MCC room doubled as the operators' office, and a locker room/restroom was built.

Attached to the rear of the administration building was the screen room and grit removal.  Eventually, three static fine screens were in service with cyclone de-gritters located under them. This plant served until 1997 when construction was started on what was now the City of Pickerington's Water Reclamation Plant. (NOTE: In 1991 Pickerington officially became a City with a population of approximately 5,645.)

The 1997/1998 expansion moved the bulk of the process across Sycamore Creek which was designed to improve capacity to 2.58 MGD, again nearly double the previous volume.  This version of the treatment plant was operated until late 2010. Population in the City at that time was approximately 7,836.

The administration building has since been remodeled, including removing all the equipment from the blower room and adding insulation and drywall, carpet and a drop ceiling, converting it to an office for the operators.  The generator was relocated to south of the new blower MCC building. The generator room was converted to a kitchen/break room.  Lastly, the old MCC room was cleared of unnecessary equipment and became the Superintendent's office.

In 2009-2010, with the City's population having grown to 14,669, upgrades were necessary to keep abreast of our disposal needs. We were then able to process our waste at a rate of 3.2 MGD.  We are still operating at this rate and meeting the criteria of the EPA.