Community Water and Energy Recovery Centers
MM BTU/year of thermal energy available in reclaimed wastewater
In many urban areas conventional sewers collect and transport wastewater to wastewater treatment plants, from which the treated effluent is discharged into the environment downstream of the served area. These sewers also collect and remove local water through inflow and infiltration, which impact the local hydrology.
The challenge was to develop and analyze an integrated model of wastewater and food waste management that recycles these resources close to their sources, and restores the local watershed hydrology and ecology.
- Technical Advisory Committee included Federal, State, Regional and Municipal Agencies
- Viewed wastewater as a resource to be utilized near where it is generated
- Locally addressed food-water-energy nexus issues
- Integrated with green infrastructure and ecological restoration
NSU was retained by the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) to utilize NSU’s technical and financial model for assessing integrated infrastructure projects. The CRWA brought together a technical advisory panel, to which NSU presented our approach to recycling water, thermal energy and food waste, and the results of model analyses, over a series of meetings. The technical advisory panel provided valuable feedback which was then incorporated into the technical, financial and ownership approaches. The CRWA evaluated green infrastructure alternatives in the study areas.