Murfreesboro Water Resource Recovery Facility Replaces Its Aging UV System
TrojanUV Solutions

The City of Murfreesboro is located approximately 30 miles from Nashville. It’s home to Middle Tennessee State University – the largest undergraduate university in the state – and to an ever-growing population. In fact, in 2017 Murfreesboro was listed among the top 15 fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

Population growth had led to many infrastructure upgrades, including at the Murfreesboro Water Resource Recovery Facility. The treatment plant – owned and operated by the Murfreesboro Water Resources Department (MWRD) – is the only one serving the city.

Staff at the treatment plant employ the U.S. water and wastewater industry’s Effective Utility Management (EUM) system as a guide. Not only is the EUM a starting point for any utility’s path to effective and sustainable operations, it also helps treatment plant professionals take a 360-degree look at its utility and set key priorities.

Converting From Chlorine Disinfection to UV Disinfection

In 1999, the MWRD decided to convert from chlorine disinfection to UV disinfection. They – just like many hundreds of other wastewater treatment plants at the time – wanted an effective, environmentally sound disinfection solution, and ultimately found one in the TrojanUV4000™.

UV disinfection is a physical process that instantaneously neutralizes microorganisms as they pass by UV lamps submerged in the effluent. The process adds nothing to the water but UV light, and therefore, has no impact on the chemical composition or the dissolved oxygen content of the water. The inherent safety benefits are also among the reasons why a growing number of wastewater treatment plants in North America now utilize UV disinfection systems instead of chlorine.

The TrojanUV4000 provided steadfast disinfection performance for nearly two decades. It wasn’t until 2013, driven by the need for increased capacity, that Plant Manager John Strickland started looking at his disinfection upgrade options.

"17 years of 100% effectiveness from our previous TrojanUV system made us confident that upgrading with TrojanUV would continue this excellent performance."
John Strickland, Plant Manager
Murfreesboro Water Resource Recovery Facility

Upgrading to The TrojanUVSigna

Significant innovation had occurred in the 17 years since the TrojanUV4000 was installed at the Murfreesboro Water Resource Recovery Facility. Advancements associated with system efficacy, simplified maintenance, and energy efficiency had been introduced, all of which correlate to cost savings. Such advancements can all be found in the TrojanUVSigna™ – the UV system that was selected for the upgrade.

TrojanUVSigna bank installed at the Murfreesboro Water Resource Recovery Facility
Stringent tolerances on concrete channel walls are not required, making chlorine contact tank and UV channel retrofits simple and cost-effective. Retrofits can accommodate existing water level profile and head loss.

“Product quality was the primary attribute,” says Strickland. “Our [water] is regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, and our intention is to ensure full compliance at all times and never violate the permit that they have given to the City of Murfreesboro.” 

Another important EUM attribute is financial viability, so an integral factor in the UV system selection process was a total life cycle cost assessment.

Utilizing Existing Channels

The TrojanUVSigna was designed to fit into existing channels and chlorine contact chambers, all without major modifications to the channel depth or width; this was yet another benefit for the Murfreesboro Water Resource Recovery Facility.

Contractors were able to remove the TrojanUV4000 (sized to disinfect 40 MGD) from the channels, and install the TrojanUVSigna (sized to disinfect 60 MGD) in its place – reducing both the on-site civil works and total upgrade costs.

Murfreesboro System Design Parameters

Peak Design Flow60 MGD (227,124 m3/d)
Channels, Banks & LampsTwo Channels, Two Banks Per Channel,
33 Lamps Per Bank
Design UVT65%
Disinfection Limit126 E.coli/100ml, 487 E.coli/100ml

“The upgrade satisfied our need for increased capacity,” says Strickland. “Additionally, the system is extremely safe, environmentally friendly, and energy efficient.”

TrojanUVSigna incorporates innovations, including TrojanUV Solo Lamp™ Technology, to reduce the total cost of ownership and drastically simplify operation and maintenance.

Maintenance Benefits

The TrojanUVSigna was designed to make the operator’s job easier. Lamp change-outs and cleaning solution replacement are done while the UV banks are in the channel. And, thanks to the modular Power Distribution Center (PDC), components for one bank are isolated and can be safely accessed while other banks remain energized and disinfecting.

TrojanUVSigna Maintenance Benefits

Fewer needed to treat the same flow
Change-outs can be done without raising banks from the channel
LEDs visually indicate on/off status locally
Lamp Drivers (Ballasts)
1 per 2 lamps
Housed in panels & use plug-in connectors for simple removal
Panels provided with optional air conditioning – no pumps/glycol loop for cooling
Sleeve Cleaning
Solution replenished without removing bank from the channel
Solution shared between a minimum of 6 lamps
Visual indicator shows when wipers are in parked position
Banks And Bank Removal
Integral bank walls raise for simple cleaning – no need to enter channel
Modular banks enable smaller overall footprint
Entire bank is raised using the Automatic Raising Mechanism (ARM)