Westfield Receives Funding for Waste Water Recovery Innovations

The City of Westfield was recently granted $50,000 from the Baker-Polito Administration in support of innovative technologies at waste water treatment plants.  Specifically, the funding will be used to demonstrate the benefits of ammonia-based aeration control. This demonstration aims to define the benefits and further quantify the expected 10% energy savings.

According to Jeff Gamelli, Deputy Superintendent of Waste Water Recovery:  "We hope to begin the pilot study by the beginning of October, run it for two months, stop the pilot test for winter due to the temperatures being too low for the biological activity that involves ammonia removal, and then commence the pilot study again this spring when water temperatures rise.”


Waste Treatment Plant

The City of Westfield is partnering with Woodard & Curran and Hach to demonstrate the benefits ammonia-based aeration control (ABAC) from both an energy savings and nutrient removal standpoint. The pilot test of ABAC at the Westfield Water Recovery Facility (WRF) will define the benefits, identify implementation recommendations such as optimal probe location/control settings, quantify the energy savings, and become a local showcase for other Massachusetts municipalities to speed adoption of the technology more broadly. The total project cost is $75,000 ($50,000 MassCEC grant and $25,000 partner cost share).

The goal of this project is to pilot test ammonia-based aeration control (ABAC) at the Westfield Water Recovery Facility (WRF) to define the benefits and impacts, including: quantify the energy savings, quantify impacts on nutrient removal, identify implementation recommendations such as optimal probe location and automatic control settings, identify process and maintenance impacts such as reduction of supplemental chemical addition for phosphorus removal and alkalinity addition, and become a local showcase for other Massachusetts municipalities to speed adoption of the technology more broadly.

The project deliverables will include a report, which can then serve as the basis for widespread communication to the industry through papers, presentations, and other forums. In addition, the Westfield WRF will be able to host visitors and tours during and after the pilot test to provide education about their experience with ABAC.

To read details about the grant and other recipients, click here to read the full announcement:

https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-funding-for-innovative-technologies-at-wastewater