MMPA Industrial Process Wastewater Treatment

Michigan Milk Producers Association is a cooperative of dairy farmers who produce about 60 percent of the milk in Michigan. The facility, in operation since 1957, is the largest balancing plant in the state, with the capacity to process up to 3 million pounds per day of milk into commercial dairy products such as non-fat milk powder, bulk liquid dairy blends, and bulk butter.

FTCH was responsible for a $5.8 million wastewater treatment facility for MMPA in Ovid, Michigan, and provided a complete designer-led, integrated services approach, including estimating, scheduling, subcontractor bidding, special equipment prebidding to facilitate project time constraints, and onsite construction management.

An SBR system was designed and constructed to treat all dairy process wastewater generated.

Due to seasonal fluctuations in milk production and processing, the treatment system must be capable of treating flows as low as 200,000 gpd. The treatment system consists of a 300,000-gallon equalization tank, two 1-MG SBR tanks, aerobic sludge digestion, and biosolids storage prior to land application. The treatment system operates continuously, year-round, and is operated by MMPA staff.