‘Treatment Plant Operator’ magazine article focuses on city of Cookeville

The team at the Cookeville Wastewater Treatment Plant includes, from left, Mance Brown, biosolids operator; Tim Henry, maintenance and repair technician; John Buford, assistant superintendent; Tom Graham, superintendent; Ronnie Umbarger, maintenance and repair technician; Bryan Martin, operator trainee; and Glen Kleisely, operator trainee. Not pictured: Barry Turner, engineer. (Photo/City of Cookeville)

COOKEVILLE – The city of Cookeville Wastewater Treatment Plant was featured in Treatment Plant Operator magazine in December 2020 in an article titled, “Divide and Conquer Describes This Facility’s Approach to Nitrogen and Phosphorus.” 

The article focused on innovations, including a new and ingenious nutrient-removal process, that have spelled consistent success for the operations and maintenance team in Cookeville. 

Cookeville’s wastewater system is unique in that 100% of its biosolids are recycled to farmland. The system was recognized for this by being awarded the 2019 Beneficial Reuse of Biosolids Award from the Clean Water Professionals organization.  

Innovations that the city has implemented to aid in nitrogen removal have resulted in a savings of about $250,000 per year.

To view the article, click here.

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