• WateReuse Association and APWA awards honor Arizona project's contribution to sustainable water management
Peoria is located in an arid desert environment, where ensuring long-term water resources is critical. The Butler Drive WRF, which currently produces approximately 8 million gallons of water each day (mgd), began operating in July 2008. It features the largest membrane bioreactor (MBR) in North America. Use of MBR technology to produce high-quality effluent for aquifer recharge allows the growing city to earn water credits and therefore extract the equivalent amount of water from the aquifer to augment its supply and meet future needs. With the future addition of several membrane cassettes, the facility will ultimately produce up to 13 mgd of water for aquifer recharge.
Black & Veatch provided design and construction-phase services for the $135 million facility. The full treatment process includes fine screens, activated sludge with biological nitrogen removal, and UV disinfection as well as membrane filtration. Low-profile structures and effective odor control make the WRF a good neighbor.
The Butler Drive WRF has earned additional awards at the state and regional levels, including 2009 Water Reuse Project of the year by AZ Water (formerly the Arizona Water & Pollution Control Association) and the 2008 Service to Communities -- Municipal Award in the Best of the West Awards by the Western Maricopa Coalition.