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The Golden Heart Utilities Wastewater Treatment Plant serves as the regional treatment plant for the greater Fairbanks area. This facility not only serves Golden Heart Utilities customers, but also serves the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright, College Utilities Corporation and commercial septage haulers. In 2004, the plant treated 1.754 billion gallons of wastewater. The plant has a design capacity of 8 million gallons per day and operates under a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Operators at the plant must be certified by the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation at Level III or IV. Level IV is the highest rating attainable in Alaska. Operators below Level III are in training to attain the higher level of certification that allows them to operate the plant without supervision.
The Golden Heart Utilities plant is one of the few fully enclosed wastewater treatment plants in the United States. The enclosed system requires several unique operating processes that include use of a large air handling system to circulate the air. Frequent air exchanges prevent a corrosive environment inside the plant.
Recent upgrades at the plant have greatly improved its efficiency. The improved efficiency allows the plant to produce fewer biosolids after the anaerobic process is complete. The biosolids are then processed into recyclable compost that is used throughout the community.
If you would like additional information about the wastewater treatment plant please contact us.