Nottingham Water Treatment Plant
The Nottingham Water Treatment Plant, placed into service in 1951, is the only plant in our system that pumps water directly into three of our four service zones – Low Service, First High Service, and Second High Service.
Nottingham can take in up to 200 million gallons (MGD) of raw water per day via a 10-foot diameter water intake tunnel that extends nearly four miles out into Lake Erie. The plant is rated to produce and pump 125 MGD of finished drinking water and averages around 65 MGD. Its reservoir capacity is 25 million gallons. The plant has eight raw water pumps, four rapid mix tanks, 12 flocculation basins, four settling basins, 18 filters, and 12 finished water pumps.
Over the years, $125 million has been invested in plant enhancements and upgrades to Nottingham. Some of the major upgrades include the rehabilitation of 18 filters; new filter controls; all new chemical feed systems; and all new sedimentation basin sludge collectors. One of the most significant additions to the plant was the installation and integration of new state-of-the art control systems and monitoring software.
In 1997, Nottingham was the first plant in the country to receive a Phase III Certification in Water Treatment awarded by the Partnership for Safe Water. This recognition establishes utilities as high-performing providers of safe drinking water based on annual performance and operational assessments. Nottingham has received Phase III status from the program for the past 25 years.