TABLE OF CONTENTS
PLANT SUMMARY 1
PLANT OPERATIONS AND PERFORMANCE
PLANT PERFORMANCE CHARTS
SUPERVISORY CONTROL & DATA ACQUISITION
PUMP STATION OPERATIONS
PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MEETINGS
INDUSTRIAL PRETREATMENT INSPECTIONS
DISBURSEMENT COST COMPARISON
UTILITY COST COMPARISON
SLUDGE DISPOSAL COST COMPARISON
FLOW, COST/MG AND RAINFALL
SEWER RATES AND SURCHARGES
SEWER REVENUE AND DISBURSEMENTS FOR 2006
SEWER FUND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
DEPARTMENT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The Painesville Water Pollution Control Plant protects the health of the community and
environment by reclaiming the community’s wastewater. During 2006 the plant treated an
average of 3.62 million gallons per day of wastewater from residential, commercial and
industrial sources. From this wastewater, two recycled products were produced, clean water
discharged to the Grand River and 2807 wet tons of processed biosolids, which are landfilled in
the Lake County Landfill.
We are proud to report that the WPCP did not report a single discharge violation for the year
2006. The WPCP has now gone two years without a discharge violation, this is a remarkable
achievement when considering the requirements of analysis and reporting for the plants National
Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit (NPDES). The WPCP performs and reports nearly 4000
values that are required not to exceed permitted limits. Thanks go to a terrific staff, without
which, this type of success would not be realized.
Treatment of hauled septage by the WPCP completed its first full year of service in 2005.
Septage haulers permitted by the WPCP, were expanded to twelve (12) in 2006. The revenue
generated from these haulers totaled $117,109.00 for the year and early reports for 2007 have
indicated that septage revenues will continue to increase.
Management and operations of plant biosolids dewatering and disposal are performed by plant
staff. Determining the most economical approach to an environmentally approved disposal
practice is critical to our financial feasibility. In 2006 the WPCP hauled 2807 wet tons to the
Lake County Landfill. The total cost to dispose of the plants biosolids was $80,696.00.
The WPCP was awarded the Burke Award which goes to one WPCP in the State of Ohio which
displays a record of achievement in safety awareness. This award was presented to the plant by
the Water Environment Association at the state conference in June in Columbus, OH.
Water Environment Federation President, J. Michael Read presents the George
W. Burke Award to Randy Bruback, WPCP Superintendent, City of Painesville.
The award was presented at the OWEA 80th Annual Conference Banquet held on
June 21, 2006 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Convention Center in Columbus,
The WPCP was presented two awards by the Lake County Safety Council. The first recognition
was for Zero Loss Time for 2005 and additionally we were honored by the Safety Council for
outstanding safety awareness programs.
Eric MacMichael took and passed his Wastewater III Operator’s License exam in 2006. Eric just
recently left his position as an Operator I to become the new WPCP Superintendent for the City
of Bellevue, OH. We wish Eric all the best in his new job.
Eric MacMichael with Class III Operator’s License Going Away Party given by Plant Staff,
Good Luck Eric!
Craig Deakins, Operator II retired at the end of 2006. Craig had an Operator II Wastewater
Operators license and had been employed with the City for 30 years. Craig was a valuable asset
to the WPCP and his years of experience will be missed.
Craig Deakins Retirement Party Criag with his wife Judy opening gift from plant staff.
Jeff Hannan trained and passed his Commercial Drivers License exam in Willard, OH in 2006.
Jeff Hannan practicing with the International 20
ton dump truck in preparation for his CDL exam.
Laboratory personnel Leslie Balata and Jeff Tressel completed the DMR-QA testing and
evaluation required for laboratory facilities by the USEPA. The results of the testing were that
the plants laboratory analyses were in complete compliance, an outstanding achievement by both
Leslie and Jeff.
Jeff and Leslie have over 40 years combined
experience in laboratory sampling and analysis. Both
have Bachelor Degree’s in Arts and Sciences.
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
In 2006 the construction of the new greenhouse was completed. The greenhouse now stores belt
pressed biosolids, that are further dried using the solar heat generated with the design of the
greenhouse. The solar heat and fans reduce the total weight of the biosolids by removing the
trapped water from the solids. The WPCP staff along with employees from Public Works,
Engineering, Electric Distribution and Electric Plant performed the entire construction of the
greenhouse facility, including:
1. Natural Gas line installation: trenching, welding, metering and energizing
2. Electric installation: temporary, trenching, metering, conduit and energizing
3. Concrete: wall supports and floor
4. Surveying and layout
5. Building Erection
6. Site Preparation and grading
7. Heating and Ventilation
Future Site of Greenhouse Topsoil removed and forms set
Main supports constructed Greenhouse Spans Erected
Concrete Floor Completion Plastic Roof Installation
Plastic Sidewalls Installed Polycarbonate End Walls, Doors, Fans
Inside of Greenhouse Inside of Greenhouse
2. AERATION DIFFUSERS
The replacement of existing aeration diffuser stones was completed and placed into operation.
The early results of this retrofit have produced a reduction in the amount of energy required to
supply air to the aeration biomass. A 300 hp motor and blower was needed to generate the
required dissolved oxygen before the retrofit and after the diffusers were replaced a 200 hp
motor and blower has been capable of the meeting the systems demands.
Installation of new aeration diffusers required confined
space entry safety procedures. A total of over 2000
diffusers were removed and replaced by WPCP staff.
3. SODIUM HYPOCHLORINATION GENERATION REPLACEMENT
Sodium Hypochlorination Generation equipment was engineering and bid in 2006. The new
equipment was supplied by Severn Trent of Torrence, CA. The equipment has recently been
installed by plant staff and will be ready for operation at the beginning of the chlorination season
on May 1, 2007. The new system will be more energy efficient and requires less salt for the
production of sodium hypochlorite.
New Sodium Hypochlorination Generation Equipment
July flooding required a massive effort by plant personnel to maintain sewerage system
operations and plant operations. Flooding of the Recreation Park Pump Station halted pumping
operations for nearly two days. The overflow of a creek adjacent to the plant flooded the
aeration basins and aerobic digester. The Grand River rose in elevation and flooded the Contact
Chamber and Hypochlorination Tanks. Plant personnel worked around the clock to bring these
systems back into operation and did so successfully. Training and experience played a critical
role in performing these recovery tasks.
Recreation Park Pump Post Aeration Tank/Grand River
Flooding at Gristmill Apartments
Grit Pumps Under Water
Flooding at Gristmill Apartments Flood Debris at the WPCP
Flooded Secondary Clarifiers
Flooded Aeration Tanks
The Painesville Sanitary Sewer System was first developed about 1887 as a combined sewer
system discharging directly to the Grand River at six (6) different locations. As the village of
Painesville grew and expanded, the sewer system was expanded. At the present time there are
approximately forty-five (45) miles of sanitary sewers in the Painesville Sanitary Sewer System.
The service area for the Painesville Sanitary Sewer System is shown on the following page. On
December 16, 1946, the Painesville City Council hired Havens & Emerson Consulting Engineers
to prepare reports and plans for an Interceptor Sewer System and a Water Pollution Control
Plant, which would eliminate the pollution of the Grand River.
The original Painesville Water Pollution Control Plant was built as a Primary type treatment
plant in 1957 by Freeman and Jones of Cleveland. The thirty-six (36) inch and thirty (30) inch
interceptor sewers were constructed in 1958. Two (2) Ejector Stations and one (1) pump station
together with related sewers and force mains to complete the Interceptor Sewer System were also
constructed. Two (2) miles of thirty (30) inch Interceptor sewers and appurtenances were
constructed by Curro-Construction Company. The Koski Construction Company of Ashtabula,
Ohio constructed two (2) ejector stations and (1) pump station together with related sewers and
force mains to complete the Interceptor collection system. The primary type treatment plant
was placed into operation on April 4, 1958. In August 1965, intermediate chemical treatment
facilities were added to the original primary treatment units. The process of feeding chloride for
phosphate removal was put into operation on June 2, 1970; this was accomplished on full plant
In 1968, the firm of Glause, Pyle, Shomer, Burns, and Dehaven were hired as the Consulting
Engineers for a plant expansion. Phase I of the expansion was completed in February 1973.
This included the new Administration Building, which was attached to the old building. Phase
II was never accomplished with the aforementioned engineering firm. Burgess & Niple, Ltd.
was then hired on February 18, 1973, to plan and design the construction of an activated sludge
plant, followed with tertiary filters.
On July 6, 1973, the City authorized the preparation of detailed plants and specifications for
wastewater treatment facilities in accordance with the general plants that were approved by the
Ohio EPA, February 7, 1973. These plans would provide additional grit removal and
comminution, additional primary settling, first stage aeration tanks and settling for carbonaceous
biochemical oxygen demand reduction, second stage aeration tanks and settling for ammonia-
nitrogen reduction, tertiary filters, post aeration, hypo-chlorination, aerobic digesters, sludge
dewatering, additional anaerobic capacity, and facilities for feeding chemicals for phosphorus
reduction. The facilities would have an average daily capacity of six (6) million gallons per day
for ultimate treatment, a daily peak capacity of fifteen (15) millions gallons per day and a
maximum hydraulic capacity of twenty-eight (28) million gallons per day. The facility would be
designed so the average daily treatment capacity can be expanded to twelve (12) million gallons
per day with a peak flow of twenty-eight (28) million gallons per day. The facility, as designed
would include the best available control technology economically available.
After development of a facilities plan for the Painesville-Fairport Harbor Area, federally funded
construction contracts for the secondary and tertiary treatment facilities at the Painesville Water
Pollution Control Plant were signed on June 24, 1976. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on
July 6, 1976.
Bay Con Construction Company of Sandusky, Ohio was the general contractor. Improvements
were made to the grit facility, primary treatment, and anaerobic sludge facilities. New facilities
include two-stage aeration secondary, tertiary filters, and post aeration/ hypo-chlorination
The firm of Burgess & Niple Ltd., was contracted on August 15, 1997 to prepare detailed plans
to construct a new Sludge handling Facility at the Water Pollution Control Plant. This facility
included a new 1.5 meter Filter Press and all the necessary appurtenances for the process of
aerobic and anaerobic sludge’s.
Bids for this project were advertised on October 15, 1998, and the tabulation of bids were
received and opened on October 29, 1998. The successful bidder was ABC Piping Company on
November 13, 1998 in the amount of $817,390.00. The completion date of this project was 270
Days or September 13, 1999.
The original treatment plant was built at a cost of $807,904.80 in 1957. The 1958 improvements
to the Water Pollution Control System cost nearly $1,600,000.00. The 1973 expansion, at a cost
of $530,000.00, bringing the estimated value of the Painesville Wastewater Treatment System to
$7,060,006.00. The cost of the 1976 expansion was $11,305,382.17 and the addition of the
Sludge Handling Building in 1998 at a cost of $817,390.00, bringing the estimated value of the
Painesville Water Pollution Control Plant, seven (7) pump stations, and collection system of
WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PLANT SERVICE AREA
PLANT OPERATIONS & PERFORMANCE
In 2006, the City of Painesville Water Pollution Control Plant ran very efficiently treating 1.324
billion gallons of wastewater. The average daily flow of wastewater through the plant was 3.62
million gallons. The raw 5-day biochemical oxygen demand (B.O.D.) into the facility was 180
mg/l daily. The final daily average B.O.D. was 2 mg/l, which represents a 99.07% reduction.
The daily average influent concentration of suspended solids (S.S.) was 256 mg/l in 2006.
The S.S. was reduced by 98.86% to 3 mg/l by treatment in the plant.
The average daily influent concentration of phosphates were 3.86 mg/l. This was reduced to
0.36 mg/l, which represents a _____% reduction. The daily average influent concentration of
nitrogen into the facility was _____ mg/l. This was reduced to _____ mg/l.
During the period of January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006, the WPCP processed and
pressed 580,832 gallons of Anaerobic Sludge, 3,981,907 gallons of Aerobic Sludge for a total of
4,486,978 gallons. This produced _____ wet tons and _____ tons of dry solids.
The Vulcan Step Screen which is used to remove debris and rags has performed as designed.
During the year the Plant removed _____ cubic yards of screenings. The detritors removed
_____ tons of grit. The screenings and grit were both disposed of at the Lake County Landfill.
Chemical treatment for phosphorus removal using Liquid Aluminum Sulfate, required 291,328
pounds of Aluminum Sulfate at a cost of $0.090 per pound or $26,152 for 2006.
The Annual Gallons of raw influent records for the past 10 years are presented below.
Treated Flow - Billion Gallons
1.16 1.16 1.09 1.16
1 0.85 0.85 0.99 0.96
2006 2004 2002 2000 1998
The cost of operation and maintenance for the Water Pollution Control Plant, collection system
and administration total was $______ for 2006. This results in a unit cost of $______ per million
The three (3) Primary Settling Tanks operated satisfactory during 2006 and recorded
performance levels of 98.86% removal of suspended solids and removal of 5-day B.O.D. A total
of gallons of sludge was removed from the primary settling tanks and transferred to the
anaerobic digesters. Raw Sludge was pumped at an average concentration of _____% solids.
The No.1 Primary Digester and the No. 1 Secondary Digester operated satisfactorily during the
year. The No. 2 Primary Digester was returned to service after a year of construction. The
primary digester received sludge from the primary settling tanks. After digestion, the sludge is
then pumped to the secondary digester. The main function of the secondary digester is to
produce a settle sludge that is well stabilized. The liquid sludge is then removed from the
secondary digester, pressed and sent to the landfill. The digesters received ________ gallons or
________ gallons per day of ________ solids during the year. The sludge contained an average
________% fresh solids volatile matter of ________% and an average fresh solids fixed matter
The volatile matter reduction for the year was ________% The average temperature of the
digester during the year was _____ degrees Fahrenheit and ________ gallons of anaerobic
digested sludge was mixed with ________ gallons of aerobic sludge and sent to the landfill for
Secondary treatment consists of the single stage aeration basins and the final settling tanks. The
units of the secondary treatment process functioned properly during the year, single stage
aeration now in its second full year of operation, performed very well.
The purpose of secondary treatment is for the oxidation of carbonaceous B.O.D. and ammonia
nitrogen. The nitrifying organisms oxidize the ammonia nitrogen into the nitrate form. The
settling tanks are used for the removal of solids generated in the aeration process and the return
sludge pumps are used to control the amount of solids, or food for the micro-organisms in the
Return sludge is collected in the final tanks and returned to the aeration process. The average
daily return sludge rate from the final settling tank was ________ MGD with ________ gallons
of sludge wasted daily to the aerobic digesters.
SECONDARY SETTLING TANKS
Aerobic digestion is a sludge processing technique used to oxidize sludge organics to stable end
products, reduce mass and volume of sludge, condition sludge and further solids handling. In
aerobic digestion, the principal materials being oxidized include cellular organics and ammonia.
During the year, the three aerobic digesters received ______ gallons of sludge from the final
settling tanks. _____ gallons of liquid aerobic sludge, gallons of water plant sludge along with
gallons of anaerobic sludge were filter pressed and sent to landfill disposal. The sludge produced
tons of wet cake containing solids or tons of dry solids. The cost of pressing and disposing
of this year’s liquid sludge was $ or $ per dry ton.
The Tertiary filtration or third level of treatment is provided by four gravity “mixed” media coal
& sand filters. These filters are used to polish the secondary effluent by filtering suspended
solids from the waste-water. The tertiary filters boost the achieved treatment to an average
treatment level of removal of B.O.D.; removal of suspended solids; and removal of
TERTIARY FILTERS TERTIARY SCREW
During the year pounds of evaporated salt was used in the production of pounds of useable
chlorine. The average chlorine residual in the effluent was mg/l The Hypo-Chlorination of
wastewater was instituted only during the periods of our N.P.D.E.S Permit.
Dechlorination of the plant’s effluent started on May 1, 2006 and ceased on October 31, 2006, as
per our N.P.D.E.S. Permit. This process is accomplished by the addition of Sodium Bi-Sulfate to
the effluent. During the year 8152 pounds of Sodium Bi-Sulfate was applied to the plant’s
effluent to maintain a chlorine residual of 0.038mg/l or less.
ADDITIONAL PLANT PERFORMANCE RECORDS
The Bar graphs below illustrate the levels of suspended solids, biological oxygen demand,
phosphates, and nitrogen present in the influent (raw) and the effluent (final) at the Painesville
Water Pollution Control Plant for the previous ten years.
The plant effluent is introduced into the Grand River about 2 miles from the mouth as it enters
into Lake Erie. The average B.O.D. of the above plant stream was 1.6 mg/l for the year and the
D.O. was 9.6 mg/l. The B.O.D. of the below plant stream was 1.3 mg/l and the D.O. was 9.9
The average phosphorus of the above plant stream samples were 0.11 mg/l and the average
phosphorus below stream was 0.09 mg/l.
The drainage area of the mouth of the Grand River is 712 square miles. The annual rainfall at
the plant during the year was 30.4 inches. The estimated annual flow of the Grand River is
336,448 million gallons, and the Painesville Water Pollution Control Plant’s annual flow was
1156.4 MG. This represents 1/291th of the Grand River’s flow on an annual basis.
Receiving stream samples were taken from two locations on the Grand River during the year.
They are taken once a month for the entire year at the St. Clair Street Bridge and the Main Street
Bridge. Dissolved Oxygen tests, Biochemical Oxygen demand tests, and Phosphate tests were
run along with temperatures.
The results of the receiving stream sampling are presented in the following table:
During 2005 the average daily flow at the plant was 3.17 million gallons per day. The 2000
census recorded 17,603 residents in the City of Painesville. The Painesville Water Pollution
Control Plant now serves an estimated 18,500 people.
SUPERVISORY CONTROL & DATA AQUISITON SYSTEM
The WPCP engineered, designed and installed a new SCADA system in 2004. The SCADA
system is replacing the existing control panel with new computer technology that monitors and
controls plant operations. Wireless Ethernet allows communications for the SCADA system vs.
cable. Future plans will incorporate the control of plant systems from a single computer.
In 1962 no instruments were found to be adaptable to telemetering ejector and pump station
information to the Water Pollution Control Plant. Accordingly, the plant personnel designed,
built, and installed pilot telemetering equipment operated over leased phone lines. The
telemetering system sends information indicating when the pumps are operating.
The latest plant improvements provided new transmitting equipment at each pump station. This
equipment transmits information back to the plant where it is displayed on the display board and
the SCADA System in the control room.
CONTROL PANEL FOR CENTRALIZED HEADING & ADJUSTMENTS
PUMP STATION OPERATIONS
Sanford Street Pump Station - is a dual non-clog submersible pump system, with two 250
GPM Flygt pumps. This station operated 790.4 hours during the year and pumped 11,856,000
Gallons of wastewater.
Jackson Street Pump Station - is a single self-priming horizontal unit installed in a wet well.
The telemetering lines were connected to this station on January 25, 1964. This station has
performed satisfactory during the year, recording 386.7 hours and pumped 7,596,610 gallons of
wastewater. New construction for the Jackson Street Pump Station was completed in 2005. The
new pump station is now located out of the street to prevent safety concerns. The new station
was built using Issue II funding. The wet well has two new Flygt pumps, control system and dry
Recreation Park Pump Station - is a dual pot centrifugal pump installed with a manually clean
bar rack. The telemetering equipment was put into service on October 25, 1963. This pump
recorded 1,315.8 hours and pumped 23,684,400 gallons of wastewater during the year.
Valleyview Pump Station - is a dual non-clog submersible pump system, with two 124 GPM
Flygt pumps with a mix-flush system. This station operated 245.5 hours during the year and
pumped 2,651,400 gallons of wastewater.
Erie Street Pump Station - the upgrading of this station includes two 100 gal/min. Flygt pumps,
a wet well, valve box, and electrical equipment. This was completed on October 16, 1998, and
returned to service. This station recorded 1,829.5 hours and pumped 9,977,600 gallons of
wastewater during the year.
Fern Drive Pump Station - is a dual non-clog submersible pump system, with two 220 GPM
Myers pumps. This station pumps wastewater under State Route 44. The instrumentation
indicates this station recorded 586.3 hours and pumped 7,739,160 gallons of wastewater during
Heisley Park Pump Station - was put into operation on April 2, 2004. This station is a dual
non-clog submersible pump system with two 180 GPM Flygt Pumps with a mix flush system.
This station operated 308.0 hours during the year and pumped 10,059,840 gallons of wastewater.
PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MEETINGS
Jeff Hannan was hired on January 30th for the Mechanic/Mechanic position.
Nine WPCP employees attended the NEOWEA Operator’s seminar in Canton, OH.
An Automatic External Defibrillator was installed in the Administration building. All plant
employees will be trained to use the equipment.
A safety inspector from PERP was requested by Safety Coordinator, Russ Thompson ,to visit the
plant to inspect for safety violations, so that the plant may address any potential violations.
Randy Bruback met with Mike Murphy of Bergen & Assoc, to discuss the new sodium
Randy, Tom Green, Bill Vargyas, and Paul Morton, met to discuss the Machinery Maintenance
Committee direction for 2006.
Supervisory staff at the WPCP met with Art Kimpton and Dan Moss of Burgess & Niple to
discuss 2006 capital projects.
Operational staff from the Caldwell, OH were at the plant at observe operation of the Vulcan
Randy, Paul Morton, Bill Vargyas, and Tom Simko met to discuss residual processing and
Metcalf & Eddy Engineering was hired for the sodium hypochlorite generation equipment
replacement project. Randy met with Tina Wolff and Foster McMasters to discuss the project.
Joe Jackson met with Tim Winegard, Fairbanks Morse Pumps, to discuss the pump replacement
proposal for No. 4 Return Activated Sludge Pump.
Randy and Joe Jackson attended a seminar on Asset Management hosted by Estabrook Inc.
CPR and First Aid Training was done by the American Red Cross for WPCP staff.
Prime Solutions, a manufacturer of a Rotary Fan Press was at the WPCP for 3 days to determine
the performance of their equipment design.
Randy met with Malcolm Pirnie Engineers to discuss Capital Projects for the next 5 years.
Randy met with Metcalf & Eddy engineers to discuss the sodium hypochlorination project.
Randy and Joe Jackson met with Chris Buck of Estabrook to do discuss coating options for the
tertiary screw pumps.
Randy met with Ed Pelton and Bill Kolens to discuss the aeration diffuser’s replacement project.
Excavation of the site for the Greenhouse project began.
The WPCP was the winner in the Public Works Category for its outstanding safety program at
the Lake County Safety Council. The plant was also awarded the government safety award for
zero lost time in in 2005.
A training event was held for the new AED.
Fire extinguisher training was done at the WPCP.
WPCP staff met with Cabrera, Army Corps of Engineers, OEPA, and Lake County Utilities to
determine the best possible solution in cleaning a radioactive contaminated site on the Diamond
Public Works and Engineering personnel met at the WPCP to discuss construction of the
Randy met with Metcalf & Eddy engineers to discuss the sodium hypochlorination bid proposals.
The WPCP and Electric Plant sponsored the Lake County Safety Council meeting at the LaMalfa
Party Center in Mentor.
Randy and Jeff Tressel met with the Army Corps of Engineers, OEPA, Lake County Utilities and
Cabrerra to discuss remediation at the Diamond Shamrock site.
Johnson Controls was at the WPCP to review the plant’s heating and air conditioning units.
Harvey H.S. Environmental class was given a plant tour.
The greenhouse foundation has been set and the greenhouse framework has begun.
Randy met with Randy Drazba, CH2M Hill, environmental engineer to discuss future capital
Joe Jackson and Terry Haffey met with Cuyahoga County officials to aid them in
troubleshooting of their chlorine injection equipment.
Severn Trent was awarded the bid for the new hypochlorination system.
Eric MacMichael successfully passed his Class II Wastewater Operator’s license exam.
Randy, Joe Jackson, and Joe Elliott attended the OWEA State Conference. The WPCP was
awarded the Burke award from the OWEA for outstanding safety program awareness and
The Operating Engineers and AFL-CIO contracts were approved.
Estabrook held a workshop for WPCP and Lake Co. wastewater employees on pump packing
and equipment coatings.
Scott Aston was hired for temporary summer help.
On July 27-28 the city experienced a rainfall of 15 inches. Flooding occurred at the WPCP and
throughout the city. The WPCP experienced flooding from the creek and Grand River. Aerobic
Digesters, Aeration Basins, Chlorine Contact Tanks, the Blower Building Basement, and
Recreation Park Pump Station all experienced flooding. WPCP plant personnel assisted city
crews with cleanup and pumping operations throughout the city.
Randy attended a BWC Bloodborne Pathogens training event in Cambridge, OH.
Randy and Joe Jackson met with Estabrook to discuss the ceramic coating options for the tertiary
WPCP employees continued assisting city crews in the cleanup of the flood aftermath.
The News-Herald interviewed Randy Bruback on the use of jail inmates to assist in the flood
Art Kimpton of Burgess & Niple visited the WPCP to observe the concrete cracks in the upper
control chamber of the Anaerobic Digester building.
Randy, Rita McMahon, Tom Green, and Lee Homyock, met with Johnson Controls to discuss
energy conservation study results.
Randy met with Paul Matraka of Komline-Sanderson to discuss sludge drying equipment and
Randy and Joe Jackson met with Loy instruments to discuss metering options for the meter
Randy met with Sean Aken, of CT Consultants to discuss the Lakeview Bluff’s Development.
Randy and Joe Jackson had a conference call with METONE Weather Stations on the proposed
new weather station for the 2007 budget.
Randy and Joe Jackson met with Rita McMahon to discuss the Lakeview Bluffs Development
and its impact on the City’s 208 plan for sewer service to the affected area.
Thermograph testing was performed on plant electrical equipment.
Joe Jackson attended an Intellusion Seminar in Put-In-Bay, OH.
A mock emergency evacuation drill was performed at the WPCP.
A sound analysis was performed at the plant by a BWC safety rep. to evaluate the possible need
for hearing protection in some buildings.
Personnel from Cleveland’s Easterly WWTP visited the plant to observe our Vulcan Step Screen
Heinz Goetz, a former technician at Roediger Press, was at the WPCP to service the plants belt
press. Roediger Press is no longer in business.
Randy met with Rita McMahon to review the 2007 Annual Budget for the WPCP.
Randy met with Johnson Controls to discuss energy conservation projects.
WPCP personnel pumped out Gristmill basements.
Randy met with Kevin Lynch to discuss FEMA flood forms to submitted for recovery of flood
Randy and Joe Jackson met with Glen Heitkamp and Tom Castro of Johnson Controls to discuss
Randy met with Jerry Livergood, of Orwell Gas to review gas well ideas for the WPCP.
Light plant personnel assisted WPCP personnel with installation of the electrical and gas lines
for the Greenhouse.
Plant personnel attended a NESOWEA seminar at Westerly WWTP.
Randy met with Rita McMahon to discuss long term debt options for future WPCP capital
Randy met with Mike Rustifo to discuss the possible training options for a Wastewater I license
Eric MacMichael passed his Class III Wastewater Operators exam.
Randy met with Metcalf & Eddy Engineers to review the sodium hypochlorite equipment
Chris Moody, of the OEPA, performed an audit on the city’s Sludge Management Program.
Johnson Controls visited the WPCP throughout December to perform evaluations of future
energy saving projects.
Randy met with Rita McMahon and Department Heads to discuss funding for repairs and
replacement of damaged equipment due to the July 2006 flood.
Craig Deakins, Operator II, retired after 30 years of service .
When the plant was put into operation in 1958, only one Class “C” certified operator was
employed, with a 4-man crew 8-hour operation. We now have 19 people and operate 24 hours a
day, Monday-Friday and 16 hours on Saturday and Sunday. The following men and women
have received certification from the Ohio EPA after a very concentrated effort in school, night
classes, sectional meetings & seminars. This not only helps the individuals, it also aids the City
by having a well-operated & maintained Water Pollution Control Plant.
1. Randy Bruback Class IV Superintendent
2. Jeffrey Tressel Class III Lab Supervisor
3. Joseph Jackson Class I Maintenance Supervisor
4. Joseph Elliott Class III Operations Supervisor
5. Craig Deakins Class II Operator II
6. Russ Thompson Class I Operator II
7. James Davidson Class III Operator II
8. Michael Darosy Class III Operator II
9. John Caldwell Class I Operator II
10. David Sudbrook Class I Operator I
11. James Boykin Class I Operator I
12. Gerald Skaggs Class II Operator I
13. Eric MacMichael Class III Operator I
14. Timothy Leonard Class I Operator I
15. Leslie Balata Class II Lab Technician I
16. Edward Prib Class I Maintenance Mechanic I
17. Terry Haffey **** Mechanic/Electrician
18. Jeffrey Hannan **** Maintenance Mechanic II
19. Carol Kappel **** Secretary I
Randy Bruback also has a Class I Laboratory Analyst Certificate and Jeffrey Tressel has a Class IV
Laboratory Analyst Certificate.
Findings and orders were received June 6, 1983 directing the City to begin development of their Industrial
Pretreatment Program. Upon receipt of these findings and orders, Burgess & Niple Limited, began the
Industrial Inventory portion of the program. One hundred and fifty-five (155) survey questionnaires were
sent out to commercial and industrial establishments within the City of Painesville service area. By May
1984, 100 percent of the questionnaires were returned.
The questionnaires were reviewed and the industries were classified as Significant Major, Significant
Minor, and Not Significant. These classifications were based upon definitions stated for each. The
Standard Industrial Classifications (SIC) Codes were assigned to industries which did not list a SIC code
on the questionnaire. Non-categorical industries were included to help Painesville establish a total
Industrial monitoring program and surcharging program.
The Inventory data was presented in the Phase I, Volume I, Summary of Industrial Waste Survey
Information. This report was approved by the Ohio EPA on March 12, 1984.
Technical data regarding the operation of the Painesville Water Pollution Control Plant were discussed in
the Phase I, Volume II, and Technical Information Report. During this portion of the program
development, Environmental Research Group, Inc. was used to perform Laboratory analysis with GC/MS.
Their analysis and all analysis performed by Burgess & Niple, Limited and the personnel at the Water
Pollution Control Plant were performed using U.S. EPA sampling and analytical procedures set forth in
40 CFR Part 136. The Technical information submittal received Ohio EPA approval on May 18, 1984.
The operational data of the Painesville Water Pollution Control Plant was used to determine maximum
allowable influent limitations to the Water Pollution Control Plant. The limitation based upon N.P.D.E.S.
Permit limitations; land application of sludge limitations; Grand River water quality limitations, and
operational limitations for the Water Pollution Control Plant. These limitations were then compared with
sampling results obtained during Phase II to determine maximum limitations for the Industrial discharges.
The legal evaluation of Phase I was presented in Phase I, Volume III, Legal Evaluation. This portion was
a review of the existing Sewer Use Ordinance for the City. The existing ordinance was found to be
adequate in areas of limitations of parameters to be discharged by industries, however, it was lacking in
areas regarding the monitoring and enforcement of the proposed pretreatment program. Areas of concern,
as addressed in the EPA model ordinance, were added by the Ohio EPA as per their letter of August 3,
1984, and City Council passed legislation on September 4, 1984, to accept the proposed Ordinance.
The monitoring/enforcement program was developed during Phase II of the Pretreatment Development
Program. A program was developed and equipment listed to perform the required work for enforcement
of the regulations. Non-Categorical Industries were included in the program to help the City develop a
total sampling program. The monitoring program includes scheduled and demand monitoring
procedures, a tracking and filing system, procedures to notify industries of existing and newly
promulgated standards discharge limitations, and other requirements and self-monitoring procedures for
An evaluation of financial programs, personnel, equipment, and laboratory needs were also performed
during the preparation of the Phase II report. This portion of the report determined estimated costs that
would be passed on to the industry for sampling required. It was determined additional personnel would
not be required, however, additional equipment would be needed to perform the ongoing sampling.
The final Program Report was submitted to the Ohio EPA for approval on October 10, 1984. Ohio EPA
public noticed the Industrial Pretreatment Program on May 21, 1985, for comments. The Final Program
received approval from the Ohio EPA on July 2, 1985.
Since the time of final approval, all industries have been notified of the requirements for their discharge.
Agreements have been signed with Avery Dennison, Cintas, Eckart America, Kinedyne, Lubrizol
Corporation, Meritec Plating, and Painesville Municipal Electric Plant.
The financial program, personnel, equipment, and laboratory needs are constantly evaluated to determine
estimated costs that would be passed on to each industry to support the pretreatment budget and staffing
levels. The total industry base that discharges to the treatment plant has changed very little since the
incorporation of the pretreatment program. Therefore, the budget and staffing levels have remained
unchanged throughout the past year.
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit issued by the Ohio EPA required
a Local Limit Evaluation. This evaluation is to ensure that the permittee can attain compliance with final
table limits. A technical justification for revising local industrial user limitations, along with a
pretreatment program modification request, was submitted to the Ohio EPA. This technical justification
Domestic/background and industrial pollutant contributions
Treatment plant removal efficiencies
A comparison of maximum allowable headworks loading based on all applicable criteria;
including sludge disposal, NPDES permit limits, interface with plant biological processes
Method used for allocating available pollutant loads to industrial users
Supporting data, assumptions and methodologies used in establishing the information above.
The Ohio EPA reviewed the Pretreatment Program Modification—Local Industrial Discharge Limitations
Technical Justification and gave final approval on August 31, 2004.
The Painesville Water Pollution Control Plant has been very successful treating all Industrial wastes and
has not experienced any major problems due to industrial effluent.
Meritec Plating, a company that produces circuit board connectors, is classified as a Categorical Industry
because of their electroplating operation. Annual and semi-annual monitoring showed compliance with
Local and Federal limitations.
The Painesville Municipal Electric Plant was changed to a Significant Industrial User classification. This
was done when inspections and sampling revealed violations with the City’s Sewer Use Ordinance and
newly discovered sewer lines. The engineering firm of Burgess & Niple, Limited, has been contracted to
evaluate and design a pretreatment system to bring the Electric Plant into compliance.
Routine compliance monitoring during 2006 showed sampling compliance.
Avery Dennison Fasson FFD and STD were determined to be non-categorical industries and were
reclassified as a Significant Minor Industry. They will continue to be monitored for B.O.D., S.S., TKN,
and phenols for the purpose of surcharges.
Eckart America is a Non-Categorical Industry, however, their discharge contains a high concentration of
copper and zinc. They had redesigned and installed a pretreatment system to remove the excess
Periodic sampling showed compliance with copper and zinc.
Lubrizol Corporation is a Categorical Industry and performs self-monitoring on a quarterly basis. They
installed a 2.5 million dollar upgrade of their pretreatment system for their water management program
and compliance with the newly promulgated rulings concerning organic chemical manufacturers.
Annual and Quarterly monitoring showed compliance with Local and Federal limitations.
Kinedyne is a categorical industry. They manufacture and powder coat slotted steel rails which are used
in semi-tractor trailers. Annual and semi-annual monitoring showed compliance.
Cintas is a non-categorical industry, but due to their high volume of wastewater discharge, they are
classified as a Significant Industrial User. Compliance sampling showed numerous violations.
They were issued a compliance schedule that included installation of a pretreatment system. The system
has been installed and placed into operation on January 5, 2005. Sampling events still showed violations
of pH and zinc. Several meetings took place with CINTAS and their pretreatment chemical supplier.
Adjustments were made to the chemicals and dosage rates. The October sampling results displayed
compliance with local limits.
INDUSTRIAL PRETREATMENT INSPECTIONS
Avery Dennison FFD
Avery Dennison STD
Painesville Municipal Electric Plant
DISBURSEMENT COST COMPARISONS
The following table and graph shows a cost comparison of the total disbursements for the Water Pollution
Control Plant. The Sewer Collection System, and Administration Cost over the past 10 years.
YEAR TOTAL COST
UTILITY COST COMPARISONS
One of the major expenses in the Painesville Water Pollution Control Plant Budget on an annual basis
is Electrical Costs. The following table and graph show the yearly cost for Electricity used over a ten year
YEAR TOTAL COST
SLUDGE DISPOSAL COST COMPARISON
The following table and graph shows the cost of removing liquid digested sludge from the plant over the
last ten years.
YEAR GALLONS TOTAL COST
2005 6,344,336 $99,451.00
2004 6,078,247 $194,423.68
2003 6,065,200 $168,081.20
2002 6,935,892 $155,758.30
2001 4,248,391 $101,461.30
2000 3,022,500 $ 94,014.14
1999 4,318,303 $134,731.00
1998 3,969,710 $121,097.88
1997 5,714,700 $169,159.77
FLOW, COST/MG AND RAINFALL
The following table shows the annual flows treated by the Plant, the cost per million gallons for treatment
and the Annual rainfall at the facility during the last ten (10) years.
YEAR FLOW TREATED COST/MG ANNUAL
2006 MG $ Inches
2005 1,156.37 MG $2553.00 30.40 Inches
2004 1,157.76 MG $2613.00 50.50 Inches
2003 1,091.43 MG $2913.00 58.90 Inches
2002 1,000.63 MG $3545.00 31.42 Inches
2001 847.32 MG $3647.00 36.98 Inches
2000 989.29 MG $2906.00 37.77 Inches
1999 964.05 MG $3214.00 44.41 Inches
1998 1,161.00 MG $2855.00 37.99 Inches
1997 1,612.27 MG $2043.00 38.58 Inches
SEWER RATES AND SURCHARGES
SEWER SERVICE RATE
A new service rate system was adopted on May 3, 1993. Due to the increase in the cost of equipment and
materials, it was necessary to revise the sewer rates. This rate is based on water consumption and reads as
follows: $3.69/100 cubic ft with a minimum usage of 400 cubic feet. The charge per 100 cubic feet
includes $3.17 per 100 cubic ft for operation and maintenance and $0.52 per 100 cubic ft for debt service.
The City Manager is obligated to review the sewer service charges annually and recommend appropriate
changes thereto; to become effective on May 1st of each year.
SEWER USE SURCHARGE
The Sewer use surcharge program was started by plant personnel as per the EPA Grant conditions to
assist in recovery costs from dischargers who discharge higher than normal concentrations of pollutants.
The surcharge program by definition is a means to recover the proportional share of the cost to treat
Annually the plant personnel establish the normal domestic strength waste entering the plant and
determine the cost to treat the pollutants. Presently, the surcharge pollutants are: Biological oxygen
demand (BOD), Suspended Solids (SS), phenols, and total Kjeldahl Nitrogen (TKN) . On May 1, 2005
the surcharge rates were established as follows: BOD, $0.361 per pound per day; S.S., $0.263 per pound
per day; phenols, $0.361 per pound per day; and TKN $0.430 per pound per day. Industries whom
choose to install and maintain meters to record their wastewater discharge are not charged for sewer
service based on water consumption but on actual quantity discharged. This rate is equal to the water
consumption rate of $3.69 per 100 cubic feet or $4.92 per 1000 gallons.
Industries sampled for surcharges during 2005 were: Cintas Corporation, Lubrizol Corporation, Fasson
STD, and Fasson FSD and Lake East Hospital. The program generated $41,002.39 in extra revenues
during 2005. A breakdown of the surcharges are as follows:
Avery Dennison FFD $449.39
Avery Dennison FDS $352.43
Lake East Hospital $4651.15
2006 SEWER REVENUES
Revenues: Sewer Service Charges (Reg.) $
Service Charges (Contract) $
Sewer Service Charges (Septic) $
Sewer Tap-In Connections $
Late Payment Fees $
Refund/Reimbursements (Operating/Non-Operating) $
Proceeds from Capital Lease $
Total Sewer Revenue Fund $
Disbursements: Administration (721)
- Personal Services $
- Others $
Utilities Office (722)
- Personal Services $
- Others $
Supervision (Plant & System) (723)
- Personal Services $
- Others $
Plant & Pumping Operations (724)
- Personal Services $
- Others $
Collection & Transmission (725)
- Personal Services $
- Others $
Sewer Equipment-O&M (726) $
Total Insurance & Misc. Contracts (729) $
Debt Services: Debt Service-Revenue Supported (803) $
Debt Service-Other (805) $
Other Non-Operating Expenses (902) $
Transfers-Out (910) $
Grand Total Sewer Fund Disbursements $
Reserves Reserve-Emergency/Contingency $
SEWER FUND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
UTILITIES OFFICE (151-722)
Legal Services $
SANITARY SEWER IMPROVEMENT (793)
Infrastructure Improvements $
WATER POLLUTION CONTROL IMPROVEMENTS (798)
Infrastructure Improvements $
Motor Vehicles $
Other Equipment $
DEBT SERVICE-OTHER (805)
Note Principal Retirement $
Note Interest $
Transfer To General Fund $
Transfer To Storm Water $
SEWER CONSTRUCTION FUND (722)
GRAND TOTAL $
DEPARTMENT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Major Departmental Goals and Objectives
Strategic Goal #1
a. Greenhouse Operation
Operate new greenhouse to remove trapped water through the process of evaporation. The new
greenhouse will permit extended storage periods of time for pressed biosolids. In turn the design
of the greenhouse will evaporate water from the biosolids, reducing the wet tonnage cost for
b. Aeration Blower Operation
New aeration diffusers will improve the oxygen transfer efficiency within the aeration tank
biomass. Reduced energy cost to operate the blowers, which supply air to the aeration diffusers.
c. Natural Gas Well
Natural gas prices have remained volatile and costs have increased over 40% in
the last year. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources requires 20 acres of property to drill a
natural gas well. The WPCP has 21+ acres and we will explore the feasibility of placing a natural
gas well on plant properties.
Strategic Goal #2
a. Employee Evaluations
Perform employee evaluations on department employees.
b. Civic Organizations
Become involved in a civic organization within the City of Painesville.
Strategic Goal #3
a. Image Enhancement
Promote and publicize the WPCP’s effluent loadings to the Grand River. The design of Painesville’s
WPCP, that includes tertiary treatment (sand filters), removes solids and metals far below OEPA
effluent standards. The effluent discharged into the Grand River enhances the water quality