most precious natural
communities healthy and
our economy growing.
manage the water used in
Salt Lake City.
That’s why we must make improvements to some of our critical infrastructure.
Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities (SLCDPU), the oldest retail provider of water in the western United States, has been protecting and managing our precious water resources for more than 140 years. We are proud of the stewardship and responsibility entrusted to us by the community. To ensure we can continue to provide the highest-quality services and keep our critical drinking water and sewage treatment facilities running continuously, means we must make improvements to them. Over the next several years, the following improvements will be made:
New Water Reclamation Facility
One of the most critical parts of Salt Lake City’s wastewater system is the Water Reclamation Facility, which treats about 33 million gallons of wastewater per day; that is almost 50 Olympic-size swimming pools of wastewater daily. Wastewater is water that goes down the drain into the sewer collection system after it has been used by residents, businesses and industrial customers. At the Facility, the wastewater is treated to meet water quality standards set by the state and is safely returned to the environment in a continuous and responsible manner. The existing Water Reclamation Facility, which is 55 years old and nearing the end of its useful life, must be replaced to avoid operational failure and meet new state and federal water quality regulations. Construction work began in March 2020 and is planned to continue through 2025. The estimated cost of the new facility is $700 million.
Construction on the new Water Reclamation Facility, which is located at 1365 West 2300 North, began in March 2020. Initial work includes creating a construction staging area, removing the existing concrete solids drying beds and bringing in dirt fill and preload material to compact the soil. This will create a stable base for constructing new buildings and waste processing units. During this first stage of construction, there will be increased truck traffic coming along 2300 North, to and from I-15. Motorist and pedestrian access will be maintained. To minimize the impact construction might have in the area, the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities is putting in place plans for traffic management and dust control. Construction work will take place primarily Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., but if needed the contractor (with the department’s approval) may work longer hours and on the weekend. The contractor will comply with the City’s noise ordinances and will take measures to minimize impacts to surrounding neighborhood. To learn more about construction, read the full construction notice below.
In the News
- Salt Lake City secures nearly $350 million loan for new wastewater treatment plant. Deseret News, Sept. 17, 2020.
- WIFIA loan to Salt Lake City allows for major water upgrades. Engineering News Record, Sept. 17, 2020.
- Salt Lake City secures nearly $350 million loan for new wastewater treatment plant. KSL.com, Sept.18, 2020.
People don’t really think about the water they use and how it is returned to the environment in a responsible manner. It takes a lot of effort to “Make it Pure.” That is why SLCDPU has created the “Make It Pure” initiative to educate people about what it takes to capture and treat wastewater, why we must use water wisely and to think about what we are putting down our sinks and toilets. By doing a few simple things we can help Make it Pure, protect the environment and lower the cost of wastewater collection and treatment — this will help us all save money.