What We Do

What We Do

 

The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) is one of the largest modern wastewater facilities in the Eastern United States and one of the half-dozen largest in the entire country. The 140-acre (0.70 km^2) plant contains more than eight miles (13 km) of access roads, more than one mile (1.6 km) of 15-foot-wide (4.57 m) utility tunnels, miles of sewers and storm drains, miles of process pipes, thousands of instruments and valves, hundreds of pumps, and a 450-ft (137.16 m) long bridge over Doremus Avenue.

The PVSC wastewater facility is a pure oxygen activated sludge secondary treatment plant designed to achieve an average effluent carbonaceous biochemical oxygen demand (CBOD5) of 25 mg/L and an average effluent total suspended solids (TSS) of 30 mg/L.

The plant is designed to treat an average of 330 mgd (14.45 m^3/s) of wastewater with an annual average flow of 226 mgd (9.77 m^3/s) and wet weather treatment capacity of 400 mgd (17.525 m^3/s).