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Wayne Farms' sustainable
poultry wastewater solution
Wayne Farms' Pendergrass, Georgia, facility switched to a more
effective wastewater system, resulting in better performance.
Few outside the industry use technical innovation and poultry processing in the same sentence. Yet
Wayne Farms' Pendergrass,
Georgia, operation is at the forefront of solving the challenges
of reclaiming treated poultry
processing water. Because of this,
the facility received a 2017 U.S.
Poultry & Egg Association Clean
Water Award Honorable Mention
for the full treatment category.
Wayne Farms Pendergrass
processes 130,000 large birds
per day using a permitted daily
average of 800,000 gallons of
water. The facility is one of nine
fresh poultry plants operated by
Wayne Farms, the seventh-largest
vertically integrated poultry
company in the U.S, according to
WATT PoultryUSA's Top Broiler
Company rankings. Wayne Farms
prides itself on supporting its customers with innovation, food safety and the highest product quality.
Now, Wayne Farms Pendergrass is
innovating water reclamation.
Cascading aeration transporting ultra-filtered and UV-disinfected
treated wastewater to discharge. John Pierson
The transition in the
The facility operated a land
application system (LAS) designed with fodder crops covering
adjacent acreage soils to percolate,
absorb and promote natural bacteriological processes to clean the
pretreated wastewater. LAS depends on an environmental buffer
to achieve indirect potable reuse.
About one decade earlier,
Wayne Farms Pendergrass faced
severe water restrictions during
drought conditions. Neither the
current groundwater withdrawal
permits nor LAS treatment support
any future production increases.
In response, leadership committed to major upgrades that would
produce water acceptable for reuse
in non-contact areas while laying
the groundwork for future broader
water supply innovations.
The facility enhanced its biological treatment system by replacing
the LAS with a membrane bioreactor system (MBR) and ultraviolet
light (UV) disinfection. Installed
ultrafilters separate treated water
from the activated sludge biomass.
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