Symposium Plant Tour – August 6, 2013 – RSVP Required

OCU-SouthWaterReclamation_PlantPhotoRegistered symposium attendees have the option of attending a tour of the Orange County Utilities South Water Reclamation Facility on August 6, 2013 from 12:30-3:00pm.

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.

Note: Space on the tour is limited. Tour attendees must RSVP to symposium tour organizer Kevin Patel ( prior to the tour in order to secure a spot. Invitations to register will be sent out to all registered symposium attendees 3 weeks prior to the tour. Transportation to the tour from the hotel is provided by Schneider Electric. There is no cost to attend the tour.  All registered tour attendees should meet in the hotel lobby at 12:30 PM.

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 about the tour – Instead, please contact tour coordinator Kevin Patel


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.