West Fork Working On Problems

Posted: April 26, 2014 at 5 a.m.

On April 11, I received a phone call from Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. This phone call was an issuance of an emergency order of the director to cease all unpermitted discharges into the West Fork of the White River. Butch Bartholomew and Robert White, the engineer from McClelland Engineering, presented two solutions to the department to solve the problem. One was to control the flow of discharge from the manhole at the treatment plant and to send that rain water and sewer discharge through the plant. The second was to increase the flow of wastewater through the plant without compromising the complete treatment and without bypassing any treatment units. The first solution to divert the flow from the manhole was completed, in operation, and approved by an inspector from state department on Tuesday. That stopped all untreated discharge into the White River.

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