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Plant Completes Upgrades
May 1, 2013

Norman Cole Water Reuse Fairfax. Photo by Dave Huh, courtesy of Dewberry.
Two major design-build projects have recently been completed at the Noman M. Cole, Jr., Pollution Control Plant (NCPCP) in Lorton, Virginia. The upgrades, designed by Dewberry and constructed by M.A. Bongiovanni, Inc., include an $8-million flow equalization facilities expansion project that protects the wastewater treatment process from high influent flow rates and a $15.2-million reclaimed water distribution system that enables treated effluent to be reused at the Covanta Energy/Resource Recovery Facility and at nearby recreational areas.

The flow equalization facilities expansion project included the design, construction, and start-up of new equalization facilities that reduce peak flows to the plant’s biological nutrient removal activated sludge tanks. The facilities pump primary effluent to an equalization tank during influent high-flow conditions, and return the effluent to the primary channel when influent flows decrease. The project included the addition of 9 MGD of pumping capacity at the existing equalization pump station, including instrumentation and controls and a new 4-milliongallon equalization tank.

The water reclamation project conserves and recycles wastewater, with a 4.6-mile pipeline that originates at the NCPCP. From there, approximately 560 million gallons of treated water each year will be distributed for reuse at the Covanta plant, one of the largest waste-to-energy facilities in the country. Approximately 24 million gallons a year will be distributed to the county’s Laurel Hill Golf Course and Lower Potomac Ball Fields for irrigation purposes.

The reclamation reduces the amount of wastewater treated at the NCPCP and the amount of discharge to Pohick Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. Known as a “purple pipe” project because reclaimed water is distributed in purple color-coded pipes to distinguish it from potable water, the project was funded in part by a grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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