The University of Connecticut’s water reclamation facility, scheduled to be operational early next year, will have the capacity to treat up to 1 million gallons of non-potable water per day, according to the UConn blog.
The reclaimed water from the $25 million facility will help run the university’s cogeneration plant, which supplies electricity, air conditioning and heat to most of the campus. According to UConn, at between 350,000 to 400,000 gallons of water on the hottest days of the year, the cogeneration plant is the largest user of potable water on campus.
Construction began last year, and the facility is slated for completion by December. In the future, the university says the reclaimed water may be use to irrigate the campus’ sports fields and grounds.
This summer, UConn implemented mandatory water conservation measures following a lack of rainfall.
UConn ranked no. 5 in the Sierra Club’s annual “green” colleges list published in August. The school scored 667 out of 100, for its new composting facility that processes up to 15 truckloads of manure per week, and its extensive recycling programs for everything from old cell phones to sneakers: the campus collects the latter for Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe Program, which turns worn footwear into running tracks and playground surfaces.
Last month, Hilton Worldwide announced it had reduced its water use by 7.5 percent over 2009 levels through conservation efforts including a water reclamation plant at the hotel chain’s DoubleTree Guest Suites by Hilton Paracas Peru. The recycled wastewater is used to water the hotel’s gardens.
Earlier this year grocery chain H-E-B expanded its wastewater treatment plant in Bulverde, Texas, and STW Resources Holding Corp., a water reclamation services company, won a contract to commission its first oilfield-produced water processing pilot in the Permian Basin of West Texas.