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Village water and wastewater superintendent Joe Bates shows economic sustainability coordinator Sarah Wildman the new state-of-the-art monitoring system at the Village Reclamation Plant. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

Wastewater upgrades showcased

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More than 100 area wastewater and water treatment plant operators from southwest Ohio visited the Village water facilities on Thursday.

Joe Bates, superintendent of the Yellow Springs water and wastewater plants, showed off the recent $3 million renovation to the wastewater treatment plant in which the plant’s late-1980s manual controls were replaced with state-of-the-art digital and remote control panels.  Read more about the upgrade here.

With the new system, Bates can receive text messages and calls if an emergency arises at the plant. And most importantly, a 2.5 million gallon storm water detention basin was installed so the excess water that comes through the plant during high rains could be treated, rather than sent contaminated into Yellow Springs Creek and the Little Miami River.

The water and wastewater operators came for a meeting of the Southwest Ohio Water Environment Association. Bates is the safety chair of the organization. They went on  tours of the Village Reclamation Plant and the Water Treatment Plant and spent the rest of the day at YSI, Inc., hearing about the company’s new water measurement devices.


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