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WOW participants get a tour of the City of Manteca wastewater facility

On September 12, 2018 BAYWORK held one of its fabulous Workshops on Wheels (WOW). WOW is an opportunity for water and wastewater staff to spend a day learning about innovative processes and practices through visiting different plants. Participants learned about the operator cross-training program at the City of Tracy Wastewater Treatment Plant. At the City of Stockton we toured the new, highly automated water treatment plant that includes a membrane treatment process. Our visit to the City of Manteca’s Water Quality Control Facility included a new FOG (fats, oils and grease) receiving facility and a process that will convert biogas into transportation quality methane to power the city’s entire fleet of garbage trucks. Next up was the City of Modesto’s Water Quality Control Facility where the highlight was an advanced tertiary treatment plant that has allowed Modesto to be one of the first such plants to discharge recycled wastewater into a federal waterway. Fifty-four participants from 12 agencies plus the State Water Resources Control Board attended the event. According to one participant, “my favorite part of the WOW was getting to see the different treatment plants. I also like networking with like-minded professionals.” Another said the trip was most useful to see “different approaches to common issues.” BAYWORK appreciates the four agencies that hosted our event. The next WOW will be held this spring – stay tuned for dates and location.

– Michael Kushner, BAYWORK Manager