Fascinating tour today of the Greenfield Water Reclamation Plant, which serves Mesa, Gilbert and Queen Creek.
This was something I know practically nothing about so it was quite interesting and, thankfully, not offensive to the nose!
What is wastewater? “Commonly known as sewage, wastewater is the water that goes down the drain from sinks, bathtubs, floor drains, toilets, and various piping located in homes and businesses throughout the City of Mesa. Wastewater travels for miles through an array of various sized pipes, known as the wastewater or sewer collection system, located in the ground, typically under roads” (from the website).
Did you know? The wastewater treatment process is an accelerated form of nature’s treatment process. At the facility alone about 12 million gallons go through the process from start to finish every day!
Care to learn about the entire water treatment process? Go to http://mesaaz.gov/residents/water-resources/services/water-treatment-process
So what is the “reclamed” water used for? Mesa’s three wastewater treatment facilities reclaim the water for reuse on golf courses, crop irrigation, greenbelt irrigation and for recharge (underground water storage). By reusing the water, the City of Mesa conserves on the consumption of fresh water that can be used in our drinking water system (from the website).
We were also told the water from the Gilbert plant benefits the Gila River Indian Community.
For more information on Mesa’s water reclamation, go to: http://mesaaz.gov/residents/water-resources/services/wastewater-treatment-reclamation