Bradford Sanitary Authority hosts facility tour | News

The Bradford Sanitary Authority hosted a facility tour last week for 18 students and two instructors from the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford.

The visit, which was requested by Ovidiu D. Frantescu, PhD. Engineering and Environmental Science Program Director at UPB, was conducted at the Authority’s Wastewater Treatment Facility at 410 Seaward Ave. in Bradford.

The participating students were environmental science students at UPB, with some students having additional specializations in biology and geology.

The facility tour conducted by Plant Foreman and Certified Wastewater Operator, Matthew Mongillo, consisted of a review of the entire operational process including headworks, treatment trains conventional activated sludge and batch reactors, digesters, disinfection and dewatering of reed bed sludge.

Incidentally, students from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford were instrumental in the initial planting of the reed beds used for sludge dewatering at the Authority site in 2019.

“These reed beds are now in full swing and are a real model for the industry,” said Steve Disney, executive director of the Bradford City Water Authority.

Students were encouraged and challenged to pursue careers in wastewater and water treatment operations as the country is experiencing a severe shortage of manpower to fill the many vacancies across the country in these vital industries.

Groups interested in facility tours in the future can make arrangements by calling (814) 368-7105.

Herman C. Harkins