The Furlong system started with approval of the Buckingham Forest development that consists of a 204 unit single family residential development and a 144,000 square foot commercial component. It was approved in 1989 and construction began in 1997 on the residential portion. The wastewater system was constructed in 1988 jointly with Buckingham Township, the Developer and a US EPA grant. It provides seasonal irrigation facilities for the Township’s wastewater treatment plant that serves the Buckingham Village-Lahaska area.
That system contributes 236,000 gpd (gallons per day) of treated wastewater to the system from May 1st to November 1st each year. It was expanded in 2000 to serve the Devonshire development of 215 homes with its total treatment capacity increased from 68,000 gpd to 116,825 gpd. That expansion increased the size of the first lagoon and added some spray fields. A second expansion began in 2005. It increased the capacity to 257,312 gpd by adding the third pond and 38.3 acres of spray field. The most recent expansion is planned for 2008 increasing the capacity 304,000 gpd by adding 6.17 acres of spray fields.
Another unique aspect of this system is the DEP approval and the agreement with the Lookaway Golf Club to send up to 200,000 gpd of treated wastewater to the course for irrigation on an as needed basis.
Castle Valley Consultants of New Britain, Pennsylvania has been the design engineering firm of record for the project since 1997.
The project included:
- Wastewater Treatment: 304,000 gallon per day wastewater treatment;
- Wastewater Containment: Wastewater Treatment Lagoons 5.2 Million gallons;
- Storage Lagoon(s) capacity 34.7 Million gallons
- Water Reuse: Spray Irrigation Land Application;
- Three zone wooded spray irrigation included in project;
Recognition / Awards
This project was recognized at both the local and state levels for it’s dedication to sustainable growth and innovative community-based wastewater design.