Upgraded with an E.A. Aerotor Plant, from Lakeside Equipment Corporation, a water and wastewater treatment plant that sits right next to one of the world’s best trout fisheries, has won the coveted Top Project award in the Water and Wastewater category of the ACEC* Arkansas Engineering Excellence Awards.
Very carefully designed by independent consulting engineer Mike Marlar P.E. to blend in with the appealing local landscape, the Lakeside E.A. Aerotor Plant at Bull Shoals (unlike typical small package plants) incorporates all the components of a large scale, extended aeration/complete mix process in conjunction with final clarification and UV.
Lakeside’s agent in North Little Rock, Shupe & Associates, worked closely with Mike Marlar and the treatment plant team throughout the upgrade; conscious of just how vital it was to safely deactivate the old plant and get the new one online within a very tight deadline with high quality, treated effluent.
Through excellent teamwork, the seeding process proved very successful, with clear treated water within 24 hours. The old plant, designed for 20 years – but still running after 40, had begun to resemble more of a rusty patchwork quilt, but due to the hard work and determination of the small leadership team at Bull Shoals, had always continued to give out good quality effluent.
In an area that attracts huge numbers of visitors for the fishing of world-class White River trout, the new plant now blends into the point that people aren’t aware of it. It doesn’t make any noise like the old plant did, and even the new lighting provides a safe work area, without being intrusive to the local environment.
According to The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Bull Shoals’ fishery is worth (annually) an astonishing $705M. And when taking into consideration all the other visitor spending factors such as food, lodging and transportation, that figure rises to an incredible $1.5B each year for Arkansas. The largest lake in The Natural State, with 45,440 acres of water and a 1,000-mile shoreline, Bull Shoals Lake stretches along Arkansas's northern border and into southern Missouri.
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