Public Engagement

Staying informed and engaged.

SLCDPU is implementing a robust public information and engagement effort to ensure people know about the rebuilding of the Water Reclamation Facility and the Collection System Improvements. We’re committed to providing the information people need, as well as opportunities for sharing feedback about the projects, design and educational elements, and construction impacts.


To ensure the project reflects community needs, values and goals, SLCDPU is engaging stakeholders and the public to seek input on the Facility’s architectural design, as well as sustainability and educational elements.

Building a completely new Facility provides the rare opportunity to incorporate elements to educate residents, students and visitors about the wastewater-treatment process and environmental sustainability. Depending on public feedback, the building may also include meeting space for educational and community use. Multiple occasions are planned for the public to share their ideas and opinions.

During construction, we also want to make sure people are aware of what is happening and how they can navigate the impacts. Coping tips and tools are in development; public feedback on these will be sought at engagement events.

We’re planning the following information and engagement activities:

  • Public open houses
  • Community briefings and presentations
  • Working groups – Great Salt Lake, sustainability, educators, youth
  • Informational materials and mailings
  • Construction flyers
  • Project website
  • Community care line

Public Engagement Activities

Fall 2016 through May 2019
  • Public engagement plan
  • Stakeholder interviews
  • Design charrette workshop (October 2016)
  • City Council tour (March 2017)
  • Rose Park community festival (May 2017)
  • Rose Park Elementary public open house (April 2019)
  • Highland High School public open house (April 2019)
  • Online public comments
  • Internal communications
  • Informational materials (fact sheet, mailer, website)


Hundreds of community members have participated in outreach efforts to date. Here’s a selection of comments and suggestions we’ve heard:

  • Water quality is of the utmost importance
  • Strong interest in educational opportunities with the wetlands, water reclamation process and a low-water garden
  • Interest in sustainability elements associated with energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Want the site to have public open space and public access to wetlands
  • Create trails that connect the public to other amenities
  • Create landscape maintenance plan
  • Manage traffic impacts
  • Buildings and lighting that don’t confuse the migratory birds
  • Lighting and landscaping that deter crime and vandalism
  • Facility aesthetics that are natural; interconnected campus with green space
  • Incorporate educational art and water installation
  • Control odor and consider impacts to nearby neighbors
  • Interest in the project’s cost and how it affects rates

Collection System Improvements Engagement

The following communication activities are being implemented to make people aware of pipeline improvements and how to navigate the construction impacts:

  • Construction flyers
  • One-on-one meetings with affected schools and businesses
  • Progress updates and presentations
  • Community care line