From Wastewater to Drinking Water

by Richard P. Arber, Pres.; Richard P. Arber Assoc. Inc., Denver, Colo.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 2, Pg. 46-49

Document Type: Feature article


The city of Denver, Colorado will experience a population increase of an estimated half million people within the next 20 years. To satisfy the anticipated demand for water in this semi-arid area, the Denver Water Department has embarked on a $29 million demonstration project which includes a 1 million gallon per day (mgd) demonstration plant for producing potable water from sewage treatment plant effluent. When completed this year, it will provide data for evaluating feasibility and is expected to result in the development of a full-scale 100 mgd resuse program by the year 2000. The project and the treatment process are described.

Subject Headings: Water treatment plants | Wastewater management | Drinking water | Water demand | Project management | Wastewater treatment plants | Urban areas | Population projection | Colorado | United States | Denver

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