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When: Thursday, October 19, 2017
11:45 AM
Where: Sagebrush Steakhouse
1111 Highway 105
Boone, North Carolina  28607
United States
Contact: NC AWWA-WEA

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Western Region of the NC

Professional Wastewater Operators Committee



To encourage the friendly exchange of information and experiences among members




The next meeting of the Western Section of the Professional Wastewater Operators Committee will be held Thursday, October 19, 2017 and will be hosted by the Town of Boone and the Jimmy Smith Wastewater Treatment Plant. This is an open meeting, and membership is not required to attend.  Please share the agenda with others who may be interested. 


        Lunch and Technical Presentation:                      Plant Tour:                                                                                                         

         Sagebrush Steakhouse                                           Jimmy Smith Wastewater Treatment Plant               

         1111 Highway 105                                                  201 Casey Lane                                                                    

         Boone, N.C. 28607                                                  Boone, N.C. 28607

         (828) 265-4488                                                        (828) 268-6270


The Jimmy Smith Waste Water Treatment Facility has a permitted capacity of 4.82 MGD, and is currently operating at 2.4 MGD or 50% capacity. The facility includes influent screenings, influent pump-station, grit/grease unit, oxidation ditches, clarifiers, and tertiary filtration. The facility’s effluent is disinfected with ultraviolet radiation.  The inflow first passes through two automatic bar screens.  After passing through grit and grease removal, the flow is directed into one of the two oxidation ditches. The ditches are equipped with 3,800 fine-bubble diffusers, which provide efficient oxygen transfer for optimum biological treatment and nitrogen/ammonia stripping. Effluent from the oxidation ditches flows to two 28m circular clarifiers, before entering four deep-bed tertiary sand filters for further solids removal. Ultra-violet disinfection, using a horizontal array of 32 self-cleaning, medium-pressure 2.8kW lamps is the final treatment process before the water is discharged into the South Fork of the New River. The facility also has a state of the art thermo-drier system that produces a Class A Biosolid that is sold to farmers.


The technical presentation will discuss upgrades of the Gatlinburg Wastewater Treatment Plant to meet future NPDES limits.  Regulatory changes continue to lead to more stringent effluent limits for WWTP as changes shift to adding nutrient removal to current permits.  Gatlinburg, Tennessee needs to upgrade and expand their WWTP to meet new more stringent limits for phosphorous. Phase 1 upgrades include testing to attempt to optimize the current WWTP process for biological nutrient removal (BNR) and upgrades to the headworks and sludge (biosolids) processes. Upgrades include a new improved grit separation system and improvements to the anaerobic digester including a new heat exchanges, digester mixing system, recirculation pumps a gas holder cover system.  The presentation will discuss the current project improvements and planned future improvements.  Keith Webb, PE, from McGill Associates will present.



Program Schedule

Lunch: 11:45 a.m.—12:45 p.m.

                   Technical Session:  12:45 p.m.—1:45 p.m.

    Plant Tour:  2:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.



Two contact hours for wastewater operators will be awarded to those attendees who participate in the Technical Session and the Tour (partial credit cannot be given).   Please call Clark Fields at (828) 301-7255 or Robin Deal at (317) 850-6971 with any questions.




·         From Sagebrush parking lot, turn right on NC 105

·         After 1 mile, turn right on E. King Street.

·          Follow E. King Street for .7 miles

·         Turn right on Old E. King Street/ Old US HWY 421 and follow for .4 miles

·         Turn right on Cecil Miller Road and follow for .3 miles

·         Turn left on New River Hills and follow for .3 miles

·         Turn Right on Casey Lane and plant is at the end of the road








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