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Communities Sharing Sewers – What's a Little Wastewater Among Neighbors? An Innovative Approach to Reducing Costs and Preserving 15 Million in Water Rights

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The City of Aurora, Colorado faced the challenge of providing wastewater service for developments located at the boundary of their service area. Providing service would require four miles of interceptors, force mains and a new lift station. The most cost effective alignment was along an existing interceptor owned by the Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority (ACWWA). Additional capacity was also required by ACWWA within the corridor. Aurora and ACWWA collaborated and constructed a joint interceptor, resulting in reduced infrastructure costs. Both Aurora and ACWWA have water reuse programs for their wastewater effluent, and it is essential they maintain water rights by retrieving their portion of the wastewater flow. A lift station control system was developed to maintain water rights. The real-time flow metering system and wastewater pumping control system preserves each entity's water rights and prevents each lift station from receiving wastewater flow above its capacity.
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Keywords: Lift station control; collection system planning; shared interceptor; water rights

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-01-01

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