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 A RENEWABLE HEAT SOURCE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY IS RIGHT UNDER YOUR FEET
Free access to a sustainable heating source may be available near your real estate development.
  • Hot water from homes and businesses travels down the drain and enters wastewater pipelines underground
  • The heat available in wastewater pipelines is a proven thermal energy source
  • The thermal energy in these pipelines offers an odorless, low carbon option for indoor heating, similar to other geothermal exchange systems
  • This innovative technology uses reliable, well-established heat transfer technology to extract the heat and distribute it to nearby homes and businesses
A MODEL FOR SUSTAINABLE HIGH-DENSITY DEVELOPMENT
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to natural gas or electric baseboard heating
  • Offers an opportunity for LEED credits
  • Aligns with city sustainability goals and the potential to attract an eco-conscious clientele
  • Contains ample energy for campus-scale developments. The Metro District’s pipeline system could meet the heating needs of the cities of Arvada and Thornton combined
TAP INTO THE THERMAL ENERGY IN WASTEWATER 
Globally there are hundreds of installations in operation that use wastewater for thermal energy recovery. These systems have been installed at both the building energy scale (10 kilowatts) and the campus energy scale (20 megawatts) in cities like Vancouver, B.C., Oslo, Norway, and Colorado’s very own town of Avon.​ 
 
  HOW DOES IT WORK? 
  • Hot water from showers, sinks, dishwashers, and laundry machines goes down the drain and into sewer pipelines
  • Through a heat exchange system, heat is transferred from the warm wastewater to a circulation loop, similar to a traditional geoexchange system
  • This provides homes and businesses with a reliable, safe, and efficient energy source
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ARE YOU IN OUR SERVICE AREA? 
If your future real estate development is in our service area, reach out to us to learn more about this opportunity. You can also view a detailed version of our service area map here​

WANT MORE INFORMATION?
View or download a PDF of our heat recovery brochure here​. You can also contact Kelley Merritt, Public Information Officer for information on a free consultation at kmerritt@mwrd.dst.co.us or 303-286-3455