In the past 20 years, West Lafayette’s population has grown considerably, and the demand for wastewater treatment also has grown. When a wastewater treatment plant reaches 90 percent capacity, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management requires the utility to invest in infrastructure to add capacity to adequately service customers.
Because we have reached more than 90 percent capacity at our facility, we need to increase capacity. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission provides regulatory oversight of independently owned utility providers. The IURC has approved the capacity increase and will approve the customer rate increase to pay for it.
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission is a state agency that oversees the operations of independently owned utility providers. The IURC requires wastewater utility providers to maintain facilities that meet customer demand, and the agency mandates rates.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is the state agency that implements federal and state regulations to protect human health and the environment. IDEM oversees utilities to ensure they operate in an environmentally sound way.
Our investments in the wastewater treatment facility infrastructure will reduce the amount of noise coming from the treatment facility and make the disinfection process safer and more environmentally friendly.
We care about the safety and comfort of our neighbors, employees and partners. We are investing in materials, processes and technology to reduce the noise produced from the wastewater treatment facility.
We are investing in ultraviolet light disinfection technology to treat wastewater. UV treatment is a chemical-free process that adds nothing to the water except UV light. UV disinfection is preferred to chlorine or chemical disinfection because it is safer for the people in and around the facility.
Our partners at TrojanUV describe the safety benefits of UV light disinfection technology. “UV requires no transportation, storage or handling of toxic or corrosive chemicals – a safety benefit for plant operators and the surrounding community.”
Learn more about the benefits of UV disinfection vs chlorine disinfection from our partners at TrojanUV here.