Success Spotlight: Moore, OK
EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) programs provide funding for water quality protection projects for wastewater treatment, nonpoint source pollution control, and watershed and estuary management.
This week's success spotlight shines on Moore, Oklahoma. The city needed to double the capacity of its wastewater plant, meet new ammonia limits, and deal with frequent odor issues. Landlocked between residential and industrial properties, the new plant had to be constructed on top of the old facility. With assistance from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board's CWSRF program, old portions of the plant were dismantled while new ones were erected, all while keeping the existing yard piping operational. However, on May 20, 2013, the project was disrupted when a tornado struck the heart of Moore. Although the wastewater treatment plant was not damaged, the impact of the tornado was felt as the Moore Public Works Authority had more than 1,200 customers lose homes and businesses. The community continues to rebuild, and a full recovery will take a considerable amount of time.
Source: US EPA