Treatment begins at the headworks where untreated wastewater (sewage) enters the Robert W. Hite Treatment Facility. Through processing, we generate biosolids that go to enrich Colorado farmland and use methane gas from the solids digestion processed as fuel to make enough electricity to power almost 5,000 homes.
We Treat Wastewater
1. Bar screens
remove objects ranging from children's toys to false teeth.
2. Grit basins
remove larger solid wastes.
3. Primary clarifiers
remove smaller solid wastes.
4. Aeration basins
enable millions of microorganisms to digest the organic waste
remaining in the water.
5. Secondary clarifiers
allow the microorganisms clump together and settle to the bottom. After further processing to kill harmful organisms, these biosolids will go to enrich Colorado farmland.
6. Chlorination and de-chlorination
processes provides final wastewater treatment.
involves anaerobic digestion by microbes of solids into biosolids and methane.
are where the cleaned wastewater pours into the South Platte River.
9. Biosolids (our brand is METROGRO® ) are applied to our METROGRO Farm and privately-owned farms
and incorporated into the soil either by tilling or applying them to the soil surface depending on the land's slope or erosion potential.
10. Methane gas from the digestion
process is used to generate electricity at our facility