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West Side Wastewater Treatment Plant

The West Side Wastewater Treatment Plant is the City of Fayetteville's newest large-scale addition to the wastewater treatment infrastructure. The new plant was built to handle present and anticipated growth in Fayetteville and surrounding communities to the year 2020. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and technology, this facility is designed to process an average daily flow of 10 million gallons per day (MGD), a maximum daily flow of 32 MGD, and a maximum monthly flow of 16 MGD. A simple diagram of the treatment process at the West Side WWTP can be viewed by clicking here.

The Woolsey Wet Prairie Sanctuary is a protected 43.65 acre wetland restoration project that adjoins the plant grounds. It was constructed to offset the permanent alteration of 9.88 acres of wetlands by the construction of the plant. For more information, click here.

Adaptive management is the process by which the Woolsey Wet Prairie Sanctuary was restored and is maintained. Preserving microtopography, constructing necessary earthen berms, and seeding of native plant species are key steps in this process. Another essential step to help restrain invasive species, is performing controlled burns. Since the restoration began, there have been five controlled burns - for information and a video of the most recent, click here. The next burn is scheduled to be completed by the middle of April, 2013.

Below are photos of the West Side operations facility, process flow equipment, and the Woolsey Wet Prairie Sanctuary.

The plant operates under the conditions set forth in National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit #AR0050288 issued by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). The permit places effluent limitations and monitoring requirements on the operation of the facility, including:

  • Effluent Flow
  • Carbonaceous Biochemical Oxygen Demand (CBOD5)
  • Total Suspended Solids (TSS)
  • Ammonia Nitrogen (NH3-N)
  • Dissolved Oxygen (DO2)
  • Total Phosphorus (P)
  • Fecal Coliform Bacteria

Influent loadings into the system are monitored for operational purposes:

  • Influent Flow
  • Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD5)
  • Total Suspended Solids (TSS)

  • Below are photos of biological treatment units, a bioswale area to prevent erosion, Goose Creek, and odor control structures.

    In addition to the various parameters listed above, the amount of biosolids produced (in wet tons) from the wastewater treatment process is tracked and reported on a monthly basis. Fayetteville has recently started a new operation, located at the Biosolids Management Site, to produce sustainable uses (such as soil enhancement) for these biosolids. The project combines solar and thermal drying technology; find out more about this exciting venture by clicking here!

    To schedule a tour of the facility, contact Operations Manager Tim Luther at (479) 443-3292. For all other questions, contact Project Manager Duyen Tran at (479) 443-3292.

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Learn more about water and the importance of protecting our water resources!
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) offers a Water Education Web Site that explains more about water quality. Check it out here!