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Syracuse, NY, USA
Metropolitan Syracuse Wastewater Treatment Plant
C/O Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection
650 Hiawatha Blvd. W.
Syracuse, NY, 13204
USA

Contact Information:
Contact: 
Email: 
Telephone:  315-435-2260
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Plant Operation: Municipal

Processing: Wastewater

Web site:
http://www.ongov.net/WEP/we1901.html

Plant/Process Description:
The Metropolitan Syracuse Wastewater Treatment Plant (Metro) provides high quality treatment for 270,000 people and many industrial and commercial customers in the City of Syracuse and some areas of Onondaga County. Metro treats an average of 84 million gallons per day. Full secondary and tertiary treatment can be provided for up to 126 million gallons per day. Metro has a total hydraulic capacity of 240 million gallons per day during wet-weather events such as rain storms.

Wastewater treated by Metro

Wastewater reaches Metro from a number of sources. The largest is the Main Interceptor Sewer (MIS) that runs north-south through nearly the center of Syracuse. The MIS is 90-inch in diameter.

The Harbor Brook Pump Station contributes 30 million gallons per day (MGD) to Metro. In addition, the Ley Creek, Westside, and Liverpool pump stations convey wastewater to Metro.

This influent enters a diversion structure that can channel wastewater to either of the two grit- removal facilities at Metro. An overflow structure prevents any flooding at the treatment plant in case of an emergency.

Preliminary treatment

The first step in treating the sewage at Metro is the removal of sizable objects. The wastewater flows through large racks with spaced steel bars, and debris that cannot fit through the spaces is caught on the racks. This material is removed and disposed of.

The wastewater next enters the grit chambers. Sand, stones, and other small bits of solid waste are removed there. Wastewater then flows through screens where additional debris is removed.

Influent pumping

Since water always flows downhill naturally, it is easier to manage the wastewater if it flows by gravity through Metro. The low-lift pump station raises the incoming wastewater to such a level. The station has five centrifugal pumps rated for 600 horsepower. The pumps' speeds vary depending on the amount of wastewater entering the plant. Each pump has the capacity to handle 60 MGD—for a total of 240 MGD for the low lift pump station.

The wastewater is discharged from the lift station to a 90-inch diameter force main that is 820 feet long. At an average rate of 84 MGD, the flow is 2.2 ft/sec.

Owner:
Onondaga County
Web site:  http://www.ongov.net/
Operating Company:
Onondaga County
Web site:  http://www.ongov.net/
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