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Making It Happen: Identifying and Implementing a Reuse to Wetlands Project

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Abstract:

The City began evaluating alternatives to their disposal of wastewater effluent to nearby surface waters over 10 years ago and recently completed the largest reuse to wetlands project on record to completely eliminate their surface water disposal and become a 100% Reuse system. The project is an example of identifying the most feasible form of beneficial reuse and then successfully implementing. The result for the City was the creation of the City's 3,000 acre Conservation Park (Park) as a receiving wetland system for the City's reclaimed water. The project elements include a 32.4 million gallons per day (MGD) peak flow pump station, five miles of 36-inch diameter reuse transmission main, 1.5 miles of reuse distribution lines of varying diameters, 14 discharge structures, access roads and trails, educational building, outdoor classroom, picnic areas, and over 27 miles of walking and biking trails including over one mile of boardwalks traversing from uplands safely through different types of wetland habitats.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2175/193864712811726987

Publication date: 2012-01-01

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