El Paso Bustamante Wastewater Treatment PlantEl Paso Water El Paso, Texas
The beauty of the award-winning Roberto R. Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant is that the treated wastewater can be used in multiple ways.
The Bustamante WTP provides reclaimed water to either the Riverside Canal, which helps with industrial irrigation, or the Riverside Drain to serve the Rio Bosque Wetlands Preserve. The plant could also provide reclaimed water to industries in the Riverside Industrial Park. It originally was referred to as the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant for the Lower Valley area of El Paso. The Bustamante plant came online with a permitted capacity of 39 million gallons per day and currently, the plant cleans approximately 27 million gallons of wastewater per day.
The plant uses advanced secondary treatment through state-of-the-art extended aeration activated sludge processes, biological nitrification, and caustic air scrubbers for odor control. The dual-use project has won El Paso Water several awards by such groups as the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and the EPA.
- Services Provided
Facility planning, design, and construction phase services
- Construction Type
39 million gallon per day wastewater treatment plant. 16,200 square-foot, two-story administration/laboratory/maintenance facility
- Project Components
51 mgd influent lift station, screening, grit removal, pre-aeration, an enclosed headworks with air scrubbers for odor control, cover primary clarifiers with air scrubbing, primary sludge pumps, activated sludge system with fine bubble diffusers and four 1,250 HP single stage blowers, four 140-foot final clarifiers, gravity belt thickening of waste activated sludge, anaerobic digestion, filter press dewatering, a distributed control system, a 500 KW digester gas fed co-generation unit, two 1,500 KW natural gas fed engine generators, and a two-story administration/laboratory/maintenance facility
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- Project Delivery Method
PSC worked closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region VI developing this plan
- National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Peak Performance Platinum Award
- 17 NACWA Gold Awards, and 2 NACWA Silver Awards
- 2005 Water Environment Association of Texas Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year
- PROJECT LEADERSHIP