The South Platte River is a unique watershed with two points of origin:
- water flowing naturally from the Continental Divide
- homes and businesses in metro Denver that travel through sewer systems to us for reclamation
For nine months out of the year, 90% of the water in the South Platte River comes from the outfalls of our wastewater treatment facility at 64th St. & York St. This makes this river a unique watershed and a unique resource that should be managed as such.
What is Our Impact on Water Quality?
We perform thousands of water quality tests each year to ensure that we meet the requirements for water and soil quality. Studies on the health of the South Platte River indicate that the river has shown significant improvements over the past 25 years, much of which is due to our efforts and targeted improvement projects.
We added a series of drop structures (low, man-made waterfalls) between Denver and Fort Lupton These structures raise dissolved oxygen levels in the South Platte River and save Denver area ratepayers about $80 million in additional treatment processes.
What are the Effects of Using Biosolids for Agriculture?
Research over the past 40 years shows that reusing biosolids for agriculture provides substantial benefit to our environment.
- Reduces the need for chemical pesticides by making plants less susceptible to insects & diseases
- Reduces the need for chemical herbicides by inhibiting weed invasion
- Provides nutrients necessary for microbial activity in soils
- Improves soil structure by creating space for air and water
- Reduces surface runoff on clay soils
- Provides soil conditioning
- Slows water percolation in sandy soils
- Stabilizes soils prone to erosion
- Enables better crop yields
- Increases protein content in wheat
- Saves valuable landfill space