The City’s Roadmap to Selecting a Membrane Bioreactor

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As a part of the WRRF Project, the City needs to update their secondary treatment process. Secondary treatment includes removing ammonia and other pollutants using microorganisms. There are numerous methods to achieve this treatment level, so the team used the triple bottom line as their selection criteria. Based on economic, environmental, and social factors, the […]

Providing Value at 60% Design

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With 60% design complete, the City hired a group of skilled engineers to conduct value engineering (VE) on the 60% design documents, and come up with cost saving ideas that add value to the project.  The VE team examined everything from infrastructure redundancy, to process control strategies, to energy production and optimization.  This provided the […]

Engineering the Future

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The Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) has reached a major milestone in the planning process: 60% design.  This means decisions on some of the newest, most sustainable technologies in wastewater treatment have been finalized; sites for buildings and process equipment have been found; and visionary landscaping that showcases coastal agrarian vernacular and demonstration wetlands have […]

City Architectural Review Commission to Learn about the Exciting New Water Resource Center

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Starting at 5:00 PM on July 10, 2017 in the Council Hearing Room at City Hall (990 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo), representatives from the Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) Project Team will be presenting the WRRF Project Conceptual Architecture to the Architectural Review Commission. One of the focuses of the discussion will be the […]

The City is Recognized as an “Utility of the Future-Today”

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On January 3rd, 2017, On behalf of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the president of the Central Coast Watereuse Chapter, Ben Fine, presented the City of San Luis Obispo Utilities Department with the “Utility of the Future-Today” recognition flag. The program recognizes utilities throughout the nation that promote smarter, more efficient operations, and assists with […]