most precious natural
communities healthy and
our economy growing.
manage the water used in
Salt Lake City.
That’s why we must make improvements to some of our critical infrastructure.
Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities (SLCDPU), the oldest retail provider of water in the western United States, has been protecting and managing our precious water resources for more than 140 years. We are proud of the stewardship and responsibility entrusted to us by the community. To ensure we can continue to provide the highest-quality services and keep our critical drinking water and sewage treatment facilities running continuously, means we must make improvements to them. Over the next several years, the following improvements will be made:
New Water Reclamation Facility
One of the most critical parts of Salt Lake City’s wastewater system is the Water Reclamation Facility, which treats about 33 million gallons of wastewater per day; that is almost 50 Olympic-size swimming pools of wastewater daily. Wastewater is water that goes down the drain into the sewer collection system after it has been used by residents, businesses and industrial customers. At the Facility, the wastewater is treated to meet water quality standards set by the state and is safely returned to the environment in a continuous and responsible manner. The existing Water Reclamation Facility, which is 55 years old and nearing the end of its useful life, must be replaced to avoid operational failure and meet new state and federal water quality regulations. Construction work began in March 2020 and is planned to continue through 2025. The estimated cost of the new facility is $700 million.
A lot of work has taken place since construction of Salt Lake City’s New Water Reclamation Facility started in 2020, and there is still much more to accomplish before the facility is completed in 2025.
We are building the new facility next to the existing plant at 1365 W. 2300 North, and must ensure the current facility stays operational 24/7, without interruption or operational surprises. This has required us to systematically approach the construction work that needs to happen very strategically. We have also been working hard to keep the project on schedule and within budget. The construction industry is very volatile right now because of the COVID situation, conflict in Europe, supply chain issues, surging costs of materials, and a shortage of skilled labor, due to Utah’s booming construction sector.
Because this project is the largest public utility projects in the City’s history, we want to make sure we keep you up-to-date on what work has happened, what will happen, and changes we have made.
The Project’s Guiding Principles:
- Treat wastewater
- Cost and budget
- Public engagement and education
In the News
- Farewell to that familiar sewer smell in this SLC neighborhood – ‘It’s the right thing to do’. The Salt Lake Tribune, Sep 15, 2022.
- Salt Lake City secures nearly $350 million loan for new wastewater treatment plant. Deseret News, Sept. 17, 2020.
- WIFIA loan to Salt Lake City allows for major water upgrades. Engineering News Record, Sept. 17, 2020.
- Salt Lake City secures nearly $350 million loan for new wastewater treatment plant. KSL.com, Sept.18, 2020.
People don’t really think about the water they use and how it is returned to the environment in a responsible manner. It takes a lot of effort to “Make it Pure.” That is why SLCDPU has created the “Make It Pure” initiative to educate people about what it takes to capture and treat wastewater, why we must use water wisely and to think about what we are putting down our sinks and toilets. By doing a few simple things we can help Make it Pure, protect the environment and lower the cost of wastewater collection and treatment — this will help us all save money.