Water Treatment Plant
The recent $40 million upgrade to MUB’s water treatment plant has made it a state-of-the-art facility. Every day the plant and its staff provide 10.5 million gallons of high quality water to customers. The upgrade also serves to meet increasing EPA water quality standards.
What’s more, with an immediate production capacity of up to 16 million gallons of water a day and expandability of up to 24 million gallons of water a day, MUB’s water treatment plant is designed to meet the growing infrastructure needs of the Morgantown area.
It’s important to note that MUB’s water treatment plant uses two independent sources of supply- the Monongahela River and Cobun Creek Reservoir. MUB also maintains more than 10 million gallons of treated water in storage in numerous tanks across its system. This means that in an emergency, MUB can utilize water from one source exclusively and inform the public of the situation.
Star City Waste Water Treatment Plant
MUB’s Star City waste water treatment plant plant provides a secondary level of treatment, using both activated sludge and rotating biological contactors (RBC) technologies.. The plant’s current treated flow average is 10 million fully treated gallons of wastewater a day with a rated capacity of 12 million fully treated gallons per day.
Please note: The plant is currently undergoing a significant upgrade. To provide information on this upgrade, we offer a Question and Answer page located here. If you have additional questions please contact Chris Dale via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheat Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant
MUB assumed operational responsibility for the Cheat Lake waste water treatment plant in the late 1990s. At that time the plant was privately owned, and the operator was unable to meet the growing needs of the area. MUB acquired the plant, and with a $10 million project in 2000, upgraded the plant and expanded its service area to include most of the Cheat lake region.
The Cheat Lake plant is a completely independent facility from MUB’s Star City wastewater treatment plant. The current capacity of the Cheat Lake plant is 750,000 gallons per day, serving just more than 2,000 customers. The plant provides a secondary level of treatment, using extended aeration technology.
Water and Wastewater Treatment Management
MUB utilizes a complex system called SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) to monitor and manage all components of the water and waste water treatment process. This system allows operators to make changes to treatment processes in real time, monitor the water system (water tanks levels and outputs, chemical conditions, etc.) and alerts staff when any current condition varies from normal operating ranges. SCADA also monitors Monongalia River quality and shares that information with other water utilities up and down the river.
Water, Sewage, and Stormwater Components
As part of its overall system, MUB manages an extensive network of water, sewer, and storm facilities.
The water system is comprised of 390 miles of pipe ranging up to 24 inch in diameter. It has 38 storage tanks with a combined capacity of more than 21 million gallons, serving 19 pressure zones. Each pressure zone is independently mastered metered.
The sanitary sewer system is comprised of 300 miles of gravity sewer pipe ranging up to 60 inches in diameter. Much of the sewer system is combined (receiving both sanitary wastes and stormwater), and there are 40 regulated CSO’s (Combined Sewer Overflows). The system also has 49 sewage pumping stations, with force mains ranging up to 16 inches in diameter.
The storm sewer system includes 105 miles of storm pipe of varying sizes and shapes, and nearly 4000 inlets. It also includes an undetermined number and length of ditches and streams which combine with the hard infrastructure to provide a complete storm network.