How to Run a Plant with Seasonal Fluctuations

The award-winning town of Hampton team finds ways to deal with substantial variations in seasonal flows and influent strength.
How to Run a Plant with Seasonal Fluctuations
The team at the Leavitt E. Magrath Wastewater Treatment Plant includes, from left, Bill Lowney, Marie Hall, Mike Dube, Mike Carle, Cliff Lavigne, Rob Pierce, Steve Aslin and Mike Moran.

Public Works director Chris Jacobs sums up the challenges of treating wastewater in the town of Hampton, New Hampshire: “It’s like we’re trying to run a bakery, but the cake mix constantly changes.”

That’s largely because Hampton is an Atlantic beachfront tourist community of...

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