A two-part video tour series produced by the city and narrated by Treatment Supervisor, Ray Page and local video personality, Candice Michel, is now available on the website. The video tour takes viewers through the various aspects of the City’s wastewater treatment process and is available to view on the Water and Wastewater Treatment from the link below.
The Brookings Wastewater Treatment Plant (BWWTP) processes some 500 million gallons of sewage generated from within the City and the Harbor Sanitary District each year and is an import to the community, and the environment.
Built in the 1950’s on an ocean bluff near Chetco Point, the plant received a $14 million upgrade in 1999 and its present day value is estimated at over $30 million. It is one of a small group of wastewater treatment plants in Oregon that require a higher level of monitoring.
The plant uses a multi-step process to remove solids from sewer water, the goal of which is to assure that the water being discharged to the ocean meets all federal and state standards, and that the solids disposed of safely and legally.
Six employees, four of whom are State certified, operate the plant and also maintain 13 sewer lift stations. BWWTP employees also operate the City’s water treatment plant and maintain 11 water pump stations.
The videos will also be shown periodically on the City’s public access channel, Channel 181, on Charter Cable.