WWAC2013 Tour of a Local Water Treatment Plant


As part of the symposium, attendees will have the option of attending a Tour of the Orange County Utilities South Water Reclamation Plant.

The tour takes place in the early-afternoon of Tues, Aug 6, 2013 (12:30pm to 3:00pm) and requires prior-sign-up. Transportation to/from the hotel is provided. The bus leaves the hotel lobby at 12:30.

Invitations will be sent to registered symposium attendees 3 weeks prior to the tour. Space on the tour is limited, and attendees must sign-up beforehand. Inquiries about the tour can be sent to our volunteer symposium tour coordinator Kevin Patel.

Symposium attendees are invited to tour the Orange County Utility’s South Water Reclamation Facility. This facility is permitted as a 43.0 MGD design capacity activated sludge treatment facility, with flow equalization, chemical feed facilities, tertiary filtration, and high-level disinfection. The facility consists of three process trains: a 15 MGD north train with Modified Ludzank-Ettinger (MLE) process, a 7.5 MGD southeast train with Carrousel oxidation ditch treatment process and a 20.5 MGD southwest train with modified step-feed treatment biological nutrient removal (BNR) process.

Tour attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the plant’s treatment process and its fully automated control system. Major pieces of equipment will be explained, and insight will offered as to how the plant’s automated control system works. The tour will comprise of a walking tour where attendees will have the chance to “walk through the process.” In addition to walking through the plant, attendees will also have the opportunity to see the plant’s central control room and see how the operators use the plant’s SCADA system to remotely control the various parts of the plant. Hosted by the OCU’s EWRF Plant Manager Tim Madhanagopal, the tour will give symposium attendees a glimpse into the facility’s extensive instrumentation and SCADA control system which provides continuous monitoring of the plant processes and data collection to maintain compliance with regulatory agencies.


Tim Madhanagopal is the Plant Manager for Orange County Utilities’ (Florida, USA) Eastern Water Reclamation Facility. The Eastern Water Reclamation Facility he helped design, is considered a model facility and is included in the United Nations technical source book as a reference for the benefit of developing nations. Mr. Madhanagopal holds a BE in civil engineering from NIT, MSCE in environmental engineering from Wayne State University, Michigan and an MBA from University of Central Florida. He is a member of professional and technical societies, including the ASCE, WEF, AWWA, and APWA. Mr. Madhanagopal has received awards for his achievements including a Distinguished Service Award by NSPE in 2007, Engineer of the Year honor from the Florida section of ASCE in 2005, the WEF ‘Quarter Century Operator’ in 2003, and one of the Top 10 Public Works Leaders of the Year from AWPA in 2003. Note: Please do not contact Mr. Madhanagopal directly for any tour inquiries. Instead, please direct all questions about the tour to our symposium tour coordinator Kevin Patel at knpatel@sig-auto.com.


Orange County Utilities Department provides water, wastewater and solid waste services to the unincorporated areas of Orange County, Florida. Orange County operates the South Water Reclamation Facility (SWRF), which has a treatment capacity of 43 million gallons per day (MGD); the Eastern Water Reclamation Facility (EWRF), which has a treatment capacity of 19 MGD and the Northwest Water Reclamation Facility (NWRF), which has a treatment capacity of 10.5 MGD. Orange County also maintains 1716 miles of wastewater pipes and 687 wastewater pump stations.

Bus transportation for the tour is kindly being provided by Schneider Electric.