Ohio Village Significantly Reduces Long-Term Stormwater System Repair and Maintenance Costs with Penetron

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EAST SETAUKET, N.Y., Dec. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Completed in September 2021, the expansion of the municipal stormwater control system and upgrade of the wastewater treatment plant will help East Palestine, Ohio better meet EPA regulations. PENETRON ADMIX SB was specified to ensure durable and waterproof concrete for the village’s new stormwater infrastructure.

East Palestine, Ohio is located on the eastern border to Pennsylvania, about 20 miles (32 km) south of Youngstown. The municipal wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in this village of approximately 5,000 inhabitants needed to be expanded and upgraded to better meet current EPA standards to control the flow of storm water.

“The water treatment system in East Palestine treats an average of 1.4 million gallons of effluent every day,” explains Christopher Chen, Director of The Penetron Group. “However, in storm situations, the village’s water control system was quickly overwhelmed, which led to untreated effluent being discharged into the nearby Leslie Run Creek. This resulted in unacceptable levels of water pollution.”

Expanding to Prevent Overflows

The construction project added an equalization basin, a large (1.2 million gallon) holding tank to help prevent flooding or overflow of the wastewater treatment plant. Further work included replacement of the wastewater siphon under Leslie Run Creek, a new 24″ main sewer line running to the WWTP, replacement of the blower building and the grit removal equipment, and construction of new administration and maintenance/garage buildings.

MS Consultants, the project’s structural engineers, needed a solution to protect the new concrete structures exposed to the corrosive environment of the untreated effluent from above, and the hydrostatic pressure of the site’s groundwater from below. Originally, a competitive crystalline product was specified in the construction plans. After MS Consultants checked with the local Penetron specialist and City Concrete, the project’s ready-mix concrete supplier, PENETRON ADMIX SB, a permeability-reducing concrete admixture in soluble bags, was specified.

Stopping Water and Harmful Chemicals

PENETRON ADMIX SB – in the soluble bag format to simplify the concrete batching process – contains active proprietary chemicals that form a non-soluble, lattice-like crystalline formation throughout the pores, micro-cracks and capillary tracts typically found in concrete. This formation essentially makes the concrete impermeable, stopping water and harmful chemicals from penetrating the concrete, even when facing high hydrostatic pressure.

City Concrete treated over 4,300 yds3 (3,900 m3) of concrete with PENETRON ADMIX SB, which was used for the new equalization basin, the wastewater siphon, the main sewer line, the below-grade concrete structures of the grit removal system, the new blower building, and the administration and maintenance/garage buildings.

“The engineering team saw that PENETRON ADMIX SB could withstand the corrosive nature of the effluent and permanently seal the new concrete structures from any liquid penetration,” said Christopher Chen. “In turn, this would significantly reduce long-term repair and maintenance costs for the village.”

The Penetron Group is a leading manufacturer of specialty construction products for concrete waterproofing, concrete repairs and floor preparation systems. The Group operates through a global network, offering support to the design and construction community through its regional offices, representatives, and distribution channels.

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