Wastewater: The Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation District’s new plant near Brighton is ‘an opportunity to sharpen our vision and expand our practice of sustainable treatment,’ says General Manager Catherine Gerali

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From the Commerce City Sentinel (Kevin Denke):

Members of the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District’s board of directors gathered on the site of a former auto salvage yard at U.S. Highway 85 and Weld County Road 2 ½ to shovel ceremonial clumps of dirt. In doing so, they celebrated what district leaders hailed as a new era in regional water treatment.

Metro Wastewater District Manager Catherine Gerali highlighted the technological advancements the district will utilize at the plant. “We have used this plant as an opportunity to sharpen our vision and expand our practice of sustainable treatment,” she said. “Like our existing facility (in Commerce City), this new, advanced treatment plant will rely on the beneficial reuse of bio-solids and will recycle methane gas, which is a byproduct of the treatment process, to generate heat and power for this facility.”

The new plant, scheduled to go online in 2015, will be spread out over 90 acres of land, which starts at the northwest corner of U.S. Highway 85 and Weld County Road 2 (168th Avenue). At the completion of Phase 1, the plant is expected to serve 300,000 residents in five communities and treat 24-million gallons of water a day.

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