Decanters Provide Smooth Operation for Military Base’s Treatment Plant

A case study out of Southern California shows how Flottweg centrifuge decanters help a Marine Corps wastewater treatment plant deal with a growing population

Decanters Provide Smooth Operation for Military Base’s Treatment Plant

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Problem: Northern Wastewater Treatment Plant of Marine Corps Training Base Camp Pendleton in Southern California serves a migratory population of 200,000 people, including 18,000 troops, employees and their families. 

Solution: The $66 million plant consolidates all the pump stations and lift stations of 12 treatment plants down to Northern and Southern treatment plants. While the Southern plant kept its older equipment, the Northern plant was outfitted with Flottweg centrifuge decanters and 3.2 MW of solar power with a 2 MW backup generator.  

Result: Operator Philip Starks says one person can operate the equipment, which needs minimal maintenance: “You don’t want to continuously have to take things apart and fix them. The plant runs so well, we rarely have issues. The Northern Plant is designed to handle a much larger population, and this could double or even triple easily in the future without breaking capacity.” 859-448-2331;


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