Published on February 28, 2014
1. History of the Brush Creek Treatment Plant How the Township’s Wastewater Treatment Plant came about and evolved over time. 2. Inflow & Infiltration Why getting rainwater and ground water out of the sanitary sewer network has been an ongoing project for Cranberry. 3. Odor Control With new residential development next door, Cranberry installed and fine-tuned equipment designed to suppress the odors associated with sewage treatment. 4. Why Upgrade? The plant requires more treatment capacity to service a growing population and to satisfy strict new state environmental regulations. Regulatory Constraints New DEP calculations of water flow and organic content require a different approach to plant design and treatment. 5. Upgrade Planning Process Cranberry has used a methodical planning process in determining how to satisfy future plant requirements at the lowest cost. 6. Treatment Process Alternatives There are a number of ways to meet the new treatment requirements, but they’re all expensive. 7. Financing the Project The upgrade will cost in the $50 million-plus range. It will require borrowing financed by rate increases. What if we just say NO? Not doing the upgrade will result in fines, loss of grant eligibility, a freeze on development, obsolete equipment and lack of treatment capacity.