Here’s the release from the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District (Kelley Merritt):
The Water Environment Research Foundation honored Metro Wastewater Reclamation District this week with the Award for Excellence in Innovation for advancing new technology at the Robert W. Hite Treatment Facility (RWHTF).
The District was recognized for collaboration with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to explore and evaluate a shortcut in the wastewater treatment process.
Through shared participation in the studies, both utilities were able to reduce research costs and stretch resources.
The award recognizes organizations that have made improvements to wastewater and stormwater collection, storage or treatment operations, facilities, or processes by applying WERF research.
Chairman of the Board Margaret R. Medellin, District Manager Catherine R. Gerali, RWHTF Director of Operations and Maintenance Steve Rogowski, and Operations Officer Jim McQuarrie accepted the award at WEFTEC 2013, held in Chicago this week.
Over a six-month period in 2012, the nearly $205,000 pilot study was developed at the Metro District to determine if the unique approach would be a solution for long-term nutrient removal needs.
The study showed the treatment outcome with the new process was as effective as conventional approaches, but the results were achieved much more efficiently.
The Metro District was formed under Colorado law in 1961 and is the largest wastewater treatment agency in the Rocky Mountain West. It provides wholesale wastewater transmission and treatment service to 59 local governments, including cities, sanitation districts, and water and sanitation districts. They, in turn, provide retail wastewater service to about 1.7 million people in a 715 square-mile service area in metropolitan Denver.