Urban Smart Sewering



Community Water and Energy Recovery Centers

91,000 to 136,000

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

The Solution