Mineral Ridge, OH
The Filtration System Improvement project was undertaken by Meander Water to replace malfunctioning components and address the intent of new drinking water regulations affecting surface water treatment, originally built in 1932. The filtration system improvements proved to have many challenges including the overall age of the facility. Equipment and components of the facility were well beyond their normal design life and were failing to operate as designed.
The age of the filter to waste valves and effluent rate of flow controllers ranged from 45 to 68 years. The performance of these components restricted the ability of the plant operators to make adjustments, control filter performance and have equipment which functioned efficiently. The completed project also resulted in improved operator safety, as well as adding a back up generator to close the valves during a power outages.
A new addition to the building was also needed to accommodate new heating and electrical equipment. This addition incorporated architectural features that closely matched those of the 1932 and 1958 phases of the Filtration Building. Related Site improvements consisted of additional parking, sidewalks and ADA compliant access.
Meander’s Filtration System Improvements Project was the recipient of an Honor Award for Engineering Excellence Awards presented by ACEC of Ohio.