Sparks City Council Meeting 6/8/2015 2:00:00 PMMonday, June 8, 2015 2:00 PM
Council Chambers, Legislative Bldg, 745 4th St., Sparks
General Business: 9.8
Total Costs: $44,357.00
Fund: Joint Treatment Plant Account: 603242
Program: TMWRF Operations (131505)
Amount: $44,357.00 Budget Status: Budget Exists
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
City staff is asking the City Council to approve the interlocal agreement to allow University faculty to perform an investigation into the feasibility of using granular activated carbon for the removal of dissolved organic nitrogen from the wastewater effluent, in an amount not to exceed $44,357.00.
The Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility treats the majority of the municipal wastewater for the Truckee Meadows and all of the wastewater for the City of Sparks. The facility is regulated on 20 different discharge limits for the treatment plant effluent that is returned to the Truckee River. Currently the most restrictive limitation is Total Nitrogen. Total nitrogen is composed of ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and organic nitrogen, both particulate and dissolved. The treatment plant does not currently remove the dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) and it is this fraction that comprises the majority of the nitrogen in the plant’s effluent.
TMWRF staff intends to work with faculty from the University of Nevada’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering to perform a pilot scale study of the feasibility of the use of granular activated carbon for the removal of DON. This investigation will experiment with several types of carbon to determine the efficiency of the process, which will help determine the size of the needed reactor and the expected life of the carbon media. These results can then be used to estimate capital and operational costs if a full scale process was to be constructed. This investigation is in support of the City of Sparks’ Strategic Goal 3.2, “Identify long-term wastewater nutrient removal technologies and plan for their implementation in the TMWRF CIP”.
- The City Council could approve the agreement as presented by staff
- The City Council could reject the agreement and provide direction to the City Manager
I move to approve the interlocal agreement with the University of Nevada for the granular activated carbon analysis in an amount not to exceed $44,357.00.
TMWRF UNR INTERLOCAL 5.18.15xx.pdf