- The City of Brawley, CA -

Brawley WWTP Disinfection Facility Upgrade Project

Wastewater Treatment Plant
Year: 2023
Author: Sam Lee

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“The TrojanUV4000 system was installed in 2001 and was discontinued in 2017. It made better sense to invest in the new Trojan technology then search for replacement parts.”

The City of Brawley (City) owns and operates a 5.9 million gallons per day (MGD) permitted capacity wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) that provides wastewater services to the community. The influent wastewater is treated by extended aeration basins (i.e. Biolac system) and secondary clarifiers. The secondary effluent is then disinfected by a TrojanUV4000 ultraviolet disinfection system and discharged to the New River.

In 2001, the TrojanUV4000 was installed as part of the City’s WWTP Expansion and Modification project. At the time, the TrojanUV4000 was an advanced UV disinfection system designed for large wastewater treatment plants and it provided effective disinfection against waterborne pathogens to meet the effluent discharge requirements.

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Trojan ceased production of the TrojanUV4000 in 2017 due to the evolution of UV technology in the newer UV wastewater disinfection systems. Although parts for the TrojanUV4000 system continued to be stocked and available for the next couple of years, the City decided to upgrade its UV disinfection system with a new TrojanUVSigna® system before finding available parts for the old TrojanUV4000 system became problematic.

The TrojanUVSigna® incorporates innovations, including the TrojanUV Solo Lamp® Technology, to reduce the total cost of ownership and drastically simplify operation and maintenance. It is also designed to fit into most existing channels, enabling the City to install the new system in the existing location with minimal structural modifications. The new system provides the City various benefits including low lamp count and high electrical efficiency, optimized power consumption, easy UV lamp change, and more.

“Replacing the existing UV  system without shutdown and maintaining discharge quality.”


The project has three key challenges.

1). The plant and the UV disinfection system must continue operations without shutdown.

2). Discharged water quality must be maintained during the construction phase to ensure there will be no NPDES disinfection violations on wastewater discharges.

3). The existing facility is located beneath a structural canopy with limited access to the UV channel.

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“The City requested to use TrojanUV (same manufacturer) to maintain effluent quality.”

1. Rent a temporary certified UV system

A bypass temporary UV system will be maintained during the construction phase. The temporary UV system is a mobile type of UV disinfection system. A manufacturer’s representative will be required onsite for a minimum of 2-4 days with the unit fully functional in order to collect data and verify that the system works properly and verify effluent water quality (NPDES requirements).

2. Water quality will be maintained through daily reporting

The City is required to sample and monitor effluent data on a daily basis and report the results to the Water Quality Control Board to ensure that there are no discharge violations to the NPDES permit during construction.

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“Limited access area.”

3. Limited space for demolition and installation of UV system

Access problems during the demolition of the existing UV system and the installation of the new UV system may be resolved by partially disassembling the existing canopy. The roof beams and vertical support columns are connected by bolts and nuts and may be disassembled; however the canopy metal deck is welded to the canopy roof beams. Lighting and electrical conduits and wires may need to be rerouted or temporary lighting provided.



LEE + RO was able to determine a solution and design the new replacement UV system that aligns with the City’s requirements without a shutdown.

This project established a clear path for the next phase, which involves construction engineering services for the construction of the new UV system so the City can maintain plant effluent quality while realizing new benefits, including low lamp count and high electrical efficiency, optimized power consumption, as well as operational maintenance benefits such as easy UV lamp changes.

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