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Treatment Plant Master Planning – It's Not Just About Future Flows

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The San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant (Plant) is one of the biggest advanced treatment plants in the nation. It is owned jointly by the cities of San Jose and Santa Clara and provides wastewater treatment services to 1.4 million residents in eight cities. First constructed in 1956, the Plant is facing major infrastructure repair and replacement expenses, something it has in common with many other public assets. What makes the Plant unique in its master planning effort is that it owns 2,600 acres on the shoreline of San Francisco Bay in Silicon Valley, presenting many innovative opportunities.

The Master Plan process moves beyond a traditional flow and load-based planning process by integrating new technology, incorporating a mix of land use, engaging stakeholders , and identifying innovative financing options to create a sustainable treatment plant for the future.

A sustainable Plant will continue its success in protecting public health, the environment, and in supporting the region's economy. This planning process has inspired tremendous public involvement in helping us imagine what's possible and rethink the traditional planning paradigm for wastewater treatment plants.
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Keywords: Master planning; public outreach; sustainability; triple-bottom-line

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-01-01

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