The Wastewater Department, comprising two treatment plants and four pumping stations, is owned and operated by the Borough of West Chester. The system is monitored and maintained by certified operators, lab technicians, maintenance crews, a compliance officer, and supervisors in a professional manner. The department employs 18 personnel pursuing many different specialized jobs at the two plants.
The infrastructure is divided into two collection basins served by the Goose Creek and Taylor Run treatment plants. The breakdown of influent sewage is biologically accomplished by different methods at each plant, but the processes are ultimately very efficient and benign to the receiving streams. The Goose Creek plant operates in a seconcary mode - activated sludge - with nitrification stage for ammonia removal and has an annual average capacity of 1.672 million gallons per day. The Taylor Run plant operates in a secondary mode with rotating biological contactors for BOD and ammonia removal and has an annual average capacity of 1.50 million gallons per day. After passing through the several biological and oxidation processes at the two plants, the disinfected, "polished" effluent is dechlorinated by chemical means before discharge to the streams. The department has an annual, total budget of approximately 4.5 million dollars; the Borough of West Chester owns over 30 million dollars of physical structures and mechanical equipment that make up the Wastewater Department.
The primary responsibility of the staff is to serve the residents of West Chester and East Bradford Township by effective operating techniques and to insure that the stringent parameters and permits, determined by the enforcement agencies, are met or exceeded.
Interested citizens desiring additional information or a tour of the facilities are welcome to inquire by calling 610-696-2320 or 610-436-1369 weekdays from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. In-depth discussions may be pursued at that time for the public's increased awareness of this important subject...