The Rocky Mountain West’s largest water reclamation provider has completed a project conceived in 1982 to accommodate growth in metropolitan Denver. Consisting of a 24 mgd wastewater treatment facility, 7-mile gravity interceptor, and 11-mile pressurized force main, the Northern Treatment Plant in Brighton, Colo., was delivered $58 million under budget via a progressive design-build contract.
The Metro Wastewater Reclamation District’s new facility can serve 300,000 customers. The 90-acre site has seating around a wetland area and more than a mile of trails along the South Platte River designed to connect with a regional trail system envisioned to extend from Wyoming to New Mexico. Exhibits in the administration building explain how water reclamation benefits the environment.
Formed in 1961, the district works with 60 cities, sanitation districts, and water and sanitation districts to serve 1.8 million people within 715 square miles.