Wastewater utility receives national recognition

Last Updated: 9/29/2016

Roseville’s Wastewater Utility has been recognized as a “Utility of the Future Today” by the Utility of the Future Recognition Program. The program celebrates the progress and exceptional performance of the nation’s wastewater utilities.

To receive this recognition, utilities must demonstrate consistent, robust, and active engagement in areas that include energy generation and recovery and water reuse. This acknowledgement is emblematic of several projects on the horizon in the wastewater utility.

Roseville is tapping the energy potential of the wastewater treatment plants. The Pleasant Grove Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion includes construction of anaerobic digesters to produce digester gas for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and electrical generation. Also, the wastewater utility recently secured grant funds that will allow the City to use digester gas in a new engine-generator at the Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

To bolster digester gas production, programs are being developed to collect energy-laden waste streams. Partnering with Roseville’s Solid Waste Utility, food waste will be processed in the anaerobic digesters and the wastewater utility is developing a program to collect Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) from restaurant grease interceptors.

Recycled water use continues to grow and increasingly preserves other water sources for use as drinking water. Over the past 20 years, the City has steadily increased the use of recycled water for irrigation of parks, golf courses, industrial cooling, and construction water and continues to pursue opportunities to expand recycled water use now and in the future.

The City is among the first of many award-winning utilities to receive the “Utility of the Future Today” recognition. California recipients include the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, East Bay Municipal Utility District, San Francisco Public Utilities Program, and the City and County of Los Angeles. Nationwide recipients include District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and Baltimore City Department of Public Works.

Utility of the Future Today is a joint recognition program for public and private wastewater utilities. It was launched in April 2016 by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and WateReuse, with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Utility of the Future concept guides utilities toward smarter, more efficient operations, a progression to full resource recovery and enhanced productivity, sustainability, and resiliency. Since its inception, many utilities have successfully implemented new and creative programs to address technical and community challenges regarding wastewater treatment.