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The water reclamation facilities, staffed by state-certified operators, use an array of physical, biological and chemical processes to treat wastewater. The facilities discharge to the Cache la Poudre River and Fossil Creek Reservoir. Effluent meets and exceeds state and federal regulations for water quality. The removed solids in the treatment process are digested to meet strict state and federal standards for organic and pathogen removal. These biosolids are dewatered and applied as a beneficial amendment at Meadow Springs Ranch.

In accordance with the City Environmental Policy (PDF 458KB), the Drake Water Reclamation Facility has implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) to ensure we continue to meet and exceed regulatory requirements, prevent pollution in operations and foster a culture of continuous improvement related to environmental performance. We are currently seeking ISO 14001 certification for EMS.


  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Environmental Leadership Program Silver Partner
  • USEPA National Outstanding Plant Operations and Maintenance
  • National Outstanding Pretreatment Management

The Mulberry Water Reclamation Facility project was completed in March and fully operational as of July 2011. The treatment process incorporates fine screening, three-stage biological nutrient removal with a state-of-the-art aeration process, biological odor control and pumping. The plant utilizes ultraviolet disinfection, a more sustainable alternative to traditional disinfection methods.

Wastewater Treatment Process

Click on the numbers located on the map to read a description of each major section of the process.

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