Utah Valley Water Treatment Plant
The Utah Valley Water Treatment Plant is
located on the east Orem Bench. It was the first direct filtration
plant to be constructed in Utah.
This plant serves Orem and Provo cities. With a capacity of 80 million gallons a day (MGD), this treatment plant is in Orem, Utah. It treats water conveyed from the Provo River and Deer Creek Reservoir for Orem City. It was designed to provide municipal and irrigation water to Provo City and northern Utah County communities.
The raw water source for the plant is in the Provo River at the Olmsted Diversion, which is about seven stream miles from Deer Creek Reservoir where water is also stored for treatment plants in Salt Lake City. There is currently a cooperative watershed management program in place with various local, state, and federal agencies.
Regular water quality monitoring is done by the District on Deer Creek Reservoir, Jordanelle Reservoir, and most tributary streams. Parameters of concern include phosphorus (total and dissolved), nitrates, nitrites, ammonia, and total suspended solids. Samples are taken quarterly for dissolved metals and total organic carbon. Bacteriological monitoring (Total Coliform, Fecal Coliform, and Fecal Strep) is performed regularly at stream sites below Deer Creek Reservoir. Periphyton and phytoplankton samples are analyzed to determine possible causes of taste and odor problems, assess the trophic state of the reservoirs, and to track cyclic algal blooms.
Water quality is very good throughout the Jordanelle/Deer Creek basin with only seasonal exceedences of water quality criteria. Most occurrences are related to runoff and sediment transport and result only in minor problems to treatment.
|Type: Direct Filtration|
|Capacity (design): 80 million gallons a day|
|Ultimate Design Capacity: 100 million gallons a day|
|Water Sources (2): Deer Creek Reservoir and Provo River|
|Systems Served: Provo and Orem Cities|
|Filtered Water Reservoir (2): 2 million gallons a day, 15 million gallons a day|
|Total Construction Cost: $14,000,000|
|Contractor: Jacobsen Construction Company|
|Design Engineer: James M. Montgomery|
|Plant Process: Direct filtration, flocculation basins (8), detention time (30 mins), filters (12) , constant rate filters, filtration rate (7 GPM/Ft2), filtered water reservoirs, wash water reclamation plant, complete monitoring, and alarm system.|