In late September, CH2M wastewater and water reclamation supervisor Don Patterson and his team led the second annual tour of the Water Reclamation Facility in Hinesville for members of Fort Stewart’s 82nd Civil Affairs Battalion.
Patterson organized the tour and welcomed 10 of Sgt. 1st Class William Leuenberger’s members to the plant to learn about proper procedures, processes and tactics for running a sewage treatment plant. As part of the training for the members of the 82nd’s soldiers, their goal is to learn as much as possible in the short time allotted so they can take the lessons learned within them when deployed from Fort Stewart.
The trainees learned about processes from preliminary treatment to storage, using Hinesville’s sequencing batch reactor. CH2M operators Zach Shackelton and Doug Sanders ensured that descriptions, instructions and visual examinations were relayed, detailing processes from supervisory control and data acquisition signals to headworks-influent screening, the reactor biological treatment process, effluent filtration, ultraviolet disinfection, flow diversion, and then to the water-reuse distribution systems and beyond.
Attendees included: Sgt. 1st Class Gerald Bunker, Staff Sgt. Matthew Gee, Sgt. 1st Class Ryshein Hassell, Staff Sgt. Esgar Lopez, Sgt. 1st Class Alfred Mixon, Capt. Rachel Parrish, Capt. Benjamin Scott, Capt. Kyle Sissom, Sgt. Michael Tummolo and Staff Sgt. Kristopher Williams.
Leuenberger said, “I know you guys (CH2M) had facilitated training for us in the past, and we are indebted to you and your crew. Thank you for everything you have done for us so far.”
To schedule an on-plant tour, contact Sheri Kantor at the Hinesville Public Works and Utilities Department at 912-369-3390.