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MSD restores full wastewater treatment at Fenton plant

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The Fenton plant was flooded with heavy rains due to the historic December 2015 flooding. (Credit: KMOV) The Fenton plant was flooded with heavy rains due to the historic December 2015 flooding. (Credit: KMOV)
FENTON, Mo. (KMOV,com) -

Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District crews and contractors have restored the full wastewater treatment process at the Fenton Wastewater Treatment Plant that is required during the recreation season from April 1 through October 31. This includes the re-establishment of wastewater disinfection using ultraviolet light. With the restoration of full treatment, the Fenton plant once again meets regulatory standards. As a result, the recreation advisory for the Meramec River has been lifted. MSD crews are in the process of removing signs.

MSD told crews back in December 2015 that the historic flooding caused the Fenton plant, in addition to the Grand Glaze Wastewater Treatment Plant in Valley Park, to shutdown. A third plant, the Missouri River Wastewater Treatment Plant, sustained damage, but didn't need to be shutdown.

The Fenton plant suffered the greatest damage of the three plants when floodwaters from the Meramec River topped the levee surrounding the facility. The plant was submerged under six feet of water, knocking the wastewater treatment process at the facility offline for several weeks. Since then, MSD crews and contractors have essentially rebuilt the plant, gradually bringing the full wastewater treatment process back online.

While the full wastewater treatment process at the Fenton plant has been restored, it will take several more months to restore back-up systems and other non-critical functions of the plant.

MSD will host a community meeting on Friday, April 8, at 6 p.m, to update area residents. The meeting will take place at Arnold City Hall, located at 2101 Jeffco Boulevard, Arnold, MO 63010. Representatives from MSD will be on hand to report on progress to date in restoring operations at the Fenton WWTP and to answer any questions from the public.

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