CA wastewater treatment plant receives major upgrades

The city of Adelanto, Calif., WWTP has received major upgrades, saving the municipality $400,000 in wastewater dispersion costs.

ADELANTO, CA, Oct. 29, 2013 -- The wastewater treatment plant for the city of Adelanto, Calif., has received major upgrades six months earlier than scheduled, saving the municipality approximately $400,000 in wastewater dispersion costs.

Due to increased residential development over the past decade, the city's original treatment facility could only process 70 percent of its wastewater, thus having to divert a significant portion of its wastewater to a regional facility. This bypass pumping was a financial burden to the city.

Adelanto began an expansion of their original wastewater treatment facility in 2007, but progress remained at a standstill four years later. As a result, the Regional Water Quality Control Board issued a Cease and Desist Order and threatened to impose a connection ban. As such, the city entered into a public-private partnership (PPP) with PERC Water in March 2012 to upgrade its existing wastewater treatment facility, followed by a seven-year operations and asset management agreement. PERC Water proposed the upgrades to the city through its unique Turnaround Plan (TAP™) platform and took over operations immediately. Within a year, PERC Water implemented the findings outlined in the TAP and completed the expansion.

The upgrades included new aerations systems and blowers to improve biological treatment and nutrient removal, two clarifiers for increased hydraulic capacity, and a new headworks screen to improve operations environment and help maintain capacity in downstream components. To ensure a fast turnaround, PERC Water designed and built the facility in a parallel path, which was completed with no change orders.

Adelanto's City Manager Dr. James D. Hart said, "The city's experience with PERC Water has been outstanding, and we are pleased with the quick progress toward completion that occurred. PERC Water's efforts have been able to save the city from incurring diversion costs, brought us into good standing with the Lahontan Regional Water Board, and has allowed the city to now treat all the waste that is generated in the city. We are looking forward to a continued long and strong relationship with PERC Water in wastewater, water and other areas."

In addition, on September 25 Adelanto's City Council voted five to zero to approve a contract with PERC Water to operate the city's water system under a seven-year contract, projected to save the city over $1 million in operational costs.

About PERC Water Corporation

PERC Water Corporation is a water recycling company that designs, builds, operates and manages water recycling facilities throughout the United States. They have designed more than 55 facilities -- 20 of which they have designed, built and operated. The company guarantees water of the highest quality and assumes the risks associated with water recycling. PERC Water is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California. Visit


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