Area Events

Thursday, January 3, 2019, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM

IEEE Philadelphia Section Life Member Event joint with the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers

Tour of Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant

Organized by: Joseph F. Maida, PE, P.Eng. LEED AP

To: Joseph Maida

I am confirming the PA Society of Professional Engineers tour of the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant on Thursday, 1/3/19 from 6:00 – 7:15 PM. Management staff at the treatment plant have approved the tour. We appreciate that you have selected a tour of the Philadelphia Water Department’s wastewater treatment process, allowing us to showcase our engineering achievements in water pollution control. Drew Brown will lead the tour and provide a written description of the activity for CE credits, as requested.

The tour will include a description of the engineering involved with sewage collection and pumping, screening, sedimentation processes, aeration and biological reduction, final sedimentation, and disinfection. The plant will provide powerful flashlights for the tour, so participants have a good view of the machinery and bays used in the process.

The tour will include a description of the engineering involved with sewage collection and pumping, screening, sedimentation processes, aeration and biological reduction, final sedimentation, and disinfection. The plant will provide powerful flashlights for the tour, so participants have a good view of the machinery and bays used in the process.

Attached documents to share with participants:

  • PWD Sewage Treatment Process – info graphic of the process for cleaning sewage
  • Microorganisms in Activate Sludge – description of organisms used to clean sewage
  • PWD Sewage Treatment – City Districts – areas of City served by each treatment plant
  • PWD Sewage Treatment – Regional Districts – regional areas served by treatment plants
  • Directions to SE Treatment Plant – note: parking lot is inside the main gate to the left
  • PWD Release Waiver

Everyone must sign and submit the attached PWD Release Waiver at the start of the tour.

Please inform participants of the following conditions for the tour:

At 6:00 pm participants will enter the inside gate of the plant and proceed to the opposite end with Drew to begin the tour.  Late arrivals may not be able to participate, because everyone inside the gate must be escorted by a PWD staff person.

Sections of the tour will be outside, so everyone must dress for the weather of the day. If the temperature is below 35 degrees, or snow has fallen and Plant staff has not been able to clear the walkways, or walkways are icy, we will have to cancel the tour.

If it is very cold, Drew will stick to the tunnel that runs through the plant as much as possible, going up and down stairs to take quick peeks at the bays where useful. Anyone with a problem with stairs should “self-select” out of the visit.

Thank you,

Environmental Educator
Philadelphia Water Dept. Public Affairs and
Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

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