Upgrade on the Fly

A North Carolina team finished a major plant upgrade with no shutdowns and no permit violations. The new equipment and technologies now serve them well.

Upgrade on the Fly

The team at the Northeast Wastewater Treatment Plant includes, from left, Mikeal Farr, senior plant operator/shift supervisor; Shane Eckard, Brandon Burdett and Sabine Wagner, operators; Doug Kirby, heavy equipment operator; Keith Rhyne, plant superintendent; Lonnie Laird, Randy Keene and Paul Solomon II, operators; John Sain, maintenance worker; and Heidi Fox, operator.

It was a little like trying to put on a new shirt while removing the old one, without baring any skin in the process.

As part of a major facelift in 2012, the Northeast Wastewater Treatment Plant in Hickory, North Carolina, had to upgrade and improve all its old processes without...

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