Designed to protect the South Platte River and support rapid community growth, the facility is capable of cleaning 24 million gallons per day and serves up to 750,000 customers across Aurora, Brighton, Commerce City, Thornton, unincorporated Adams County and Denver areas.
Facts & Figures
- The Metro District is the largest water reclamation provider in the Rocky Mountain West, serving about 1.8 million people in a 715 square-mile area.
- The Northern Treatment Plant is one of the most advanced facilities in the western United States and will eventually serve up to 750,000 customers
- Every day the District collects and reclaims about 130 million gallons of wastewater – enough to fill nearly 200 Olympic-size swimming pools.
- For nine months out of the year, roughly 90% of the water in the South Platte River comes from the outfalls of the District’s Robert W. Hite Treatment Facility.
- The District makes enough energy onsite to power approximately 40% of its Robert W.Hite Treatment Facility using gas produced during the treatment process – that is enough energy to power roughly 5,000 homes.
- The District owns and operates a 52,000 acre farm in northeast Colorado. We pioneered wastewater resource recovery for agriculture and have grown crops at our MetroGro farm for 30 years.