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 in 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 FacilityOne 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. The wastewater is water that goes down the drain into the sewer collection system after it has been used by residents, businesses and industrial customers. That is almost 50 Olympic-size swimming pools of wastewater daily. The treated 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 will begin in fall 2019 and is planned to continue through 2025. The estimated cost of the new facility is $528.3 million.
Collection System ImprovementsSLCDPU has begun a major effort to repair and rehabilitate many pipelines throughout the city that collect and deliver wastewater to the Facility for treatment. Over the next several years, SLCDPU will be making more than $200 million in needed improvements to this collection system.
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 they must use water wisely, and to think about what they are putting in their sinks and toilets. By doing a few simple things it will ensure we have a sustainable future and help us all save money.