Having an emergency response plan in place is essential to resuming operations safely and in a timely matter. If your wastewater treatment facility does not have a post hurricane procedure, consider using the following steps as a guide.
- Assess damages
- List repairs needed and prioritize
- If your electricity is still powered, shut-off any currents to damaged equipment
- If your electricity is out, check circuits for shorts or system overloads. If the outage is area-wide, contact your local power company
- Wear proper safety gear to avoid exposure to possible toxic/waterborne diseases as a result of flooded wastewater or biosolids
- Keep utility customers informed
- Disinfect any discharges
- Report major damages to local environmental protection agency
- Determine what is needed to resume operations and continue service
If your facility requires excessive repairs to resume operations it may be necessary to find an alternative solution in the interim to continue service to surrounding communities and businesses. The pump & haul method is one option, but in addition to being a costly solution, chances are the neighboring facilities once capable of treating overflow are now facing the same post hurricane damages.
Alternatively, consider installing a temporary bypass treatment plant. AUC Group owns and maintains a fleet of portable, modular components prepared to rapidly serve emergency treatment requirements. Our fleet includes aeration, digester and clarifier tanks that are ready for rapid installation.
Contact us to learn more. We are well equipped for the 2018 hurricane season.
“Hurricane Preparedness for Domestic Wastewater Facilities”, FL Dept of Environmental Protection, https://floridadep.gov/sites/default/files/hurricane_preparedness.pdf
Image: Post Hurricane Harvey flooding and damage, Houston, Texas, 2017. https://www.flickr.com/photos/jill_carlson/36259732573/in/photostream/