City of Placerville, California
The Hangtown Creek Water Reclamation Facility (HCWRF) is located in the Sierra Nevada
foothills of Northern California. The treatment plant capacity is 101 L/s (2.3 mgd) average dry
weather flow. Substantial improvements were required to comply with new waste discharge
requirements (including nutrient removal, year-round tertiary treatment, reduction of disinfection
byproducts, and effluent cooling) and a cease and desist order, sludge treatment regulations, to
address safety issues. A substantial increase in annual operation and maintenance (O&M) cost
was probable with the addition of the upgraded treatment processes and need to meet more
stringent effluent limits.
The design strategy included upgrading critical processes and replacing inefficient outdated
technology to improve treatment plant efficiency while mitigating increases in overall operation
O&M cost. Since the City service area is of limited size and the number of connections is not
growing, controlling O&M costs was a major concern of the City.
Posted: May 20th, 2011 | Filed under: <50K, Waste Water Treatment | Tags: Improved Treatment Plant Efficiency, O&M Cost Savings, Plant Improvement | No Comments »