Wastewater

About the System

The Ephrata Borough Authority operates two Wastewater (Sewer) Treatment Plants that serve residents in six local municipalities. The Borough of Ephrata is the contract manager for the Ephrata Borough Authority Wastewater System. 

Treatment Plant 1

Plant 1 was built in 1938, and was expanded in 1966, 1983, 1997, and again in 2012 to treat 3.8 million gallons of flow per day. Plant 1 serves residents in Akron Borough, Clay Township, Ephrata Borough, and Ephrata Township. In 2012, the facility was upgraded to meet stricter nutrient removal requirements.

In 2022-24 the facility is upgrading the dewatering process to a state of the art design that will transform undigested dewatered sludge into a useful class "A" biochar at a net zero energy. A series of Biodryers and P Series Pryloysis will carbonize material in a self-sustaining process while producing thermal energy for beneficial re-use. Utilizing this thermal energy, the Biodryer dries undigested sludge by cultivating bacteria rather than costly manufactured heat. This efficient system results in an excellent quality of locked carbon biochar full of potential. The new system is slated for a fall 2024 start-up.

Treatment Plant 2

Plant 2 was built in 1988 at a cost of $14.5 million with state of the art design that treats an incoming flow of 2.3 million gallons per day. The 3 municipalities that it serves are Denver Borough, East Cocalico Township, and Ephrata Township. The facility operates a 2 phase Kruger design oxidation ditch that incorporates De-Nitrification  and Nitrification timed phases.

The Dewatering system uses an (ATAD) Autothermal Thermophilic Aerobic Digestion pocess that produces a class "A" bio-solids that is currently used for land utilization application. The class "A" biosolids residual is a safe technology to recycle or dispose of the material for everyday compost use.

Both plant operating systems use the Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) computer system. This automated system monitors wastewater from the time it enters the facilities until it leaves the plants and is discharged to the Cocalico Creek. Strict compliance measures are closely monitored by the use of daily, monthly, and annual permit requirements to ensure that each facility is discharging a compliant final effluent discharge to local receiving waters.

Collection System

The Borough maintains a sewer collection system that brings the wastewater to the plants. The collection system includes 10 pump stations located throughout the collection area that provide for the flow of wastewater to the plants for processing for nutrient removal.