Our Wastewater System

Our wastewater treatment plant, the largest single-site treatment facility in North America, is used as a benchmark for other plants across the Midwest.

In a giant step toward becoming a Utility of the Future, GLWA is transitioning its Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to a Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF), that will ultimately operate on renewable energy. At the end of this process, the WRRF will be energy neutral, meaning the facility will create enough energy to power its own operations, and perhaps even create excess energy that can be fed into the power grid.

Additionally, a new Biosolids Dryer Facility (BFD) has the ability to turn roughly one billion gallons of biosolids into environmentally friendly fertilizer. This alternative to burning or dumping in a landfill will significantly decrease emissions year-over-year.

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GLWA’S CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

Download our 5-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for a look at GLWA’s plans for maintaining and improving the regional system. View previous versions in our CIP archive.


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Sustaining Our Wastewater System in the 21st Century

GLWA began a Comprehensive Regional Wastewater Master Plan (WWMP) in April 2017 that is looking at the needs of the regional collection system and the WRRF over the next 40 years.

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