$87 Million Dollar Capital Improvement Project for Rochester's Water Reclamation Plant

July 09, 2019 08:12 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Water Reclamation Plant in Rochester treats an average of 14 million gallons of waste water every day.

Facility employees tell ABC 6 News that much of the equipment in the 40-year-old facility needs to be replaced in order to meet regulatory requirements.


For the past 3 years, a 3 phase, $87 million dollar upgrade plan was developed. 

With support from the Rochester City Council, and the retained earnings the plant already has, the first phase of the project has begun.

Phase 1: Remodel and Effluent Upgrade

$10 Million Capital Cost, $47,000/year Energy Savings, $23,800/year Chemical Savings

Remodel and effluent treatment upgrade to address aging equipment, improve collaboration, and meet regulatory requirements.

Phase 2: Liquid Treatment Upgrade

$62 Million Capital Cost, $210,000/year Energy Savings, $70,000/year Chemical Savings

Liquid Treatment upgrade replaces 40-year-old unreliable equipment and provides treatment to meet new regulatory requirements.

Phase 3: Solids Treatment Upgrade

$15 Million Capital Cost, $22,000/year Energy Savings, 3 Billion Btu/year Heat Savings

Solids treatment upgrade using existing tankage to meet biosolids regulatory requirements and reducing energy, heat, and liquid treatment costs.

In addition to the Water Reclamation Plant applying for state grants, capital projects are paid for through sewer rates.


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