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  • Roger Road Wastewater Reclamation Facility Closes

    Jan 07, 2014 | Read More News
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    Roger Road WRFAfter more than 60 years of service, the Roger Road Wastewater Reclamation Facility (WRF) will no longer be treating Pima County’s wastewater.

    Since December 16, 2013, the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) has been diverting flows from the Roger Road WRF to the Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility (WRF). The Agua Nueva WRF is a new state-of-the-art water reclamation facility that will allow Pima County to meet new strict environmental standards for effluent discharges into the Santa Cruz River.

    In the early morning hours on Wednesday, January 8, the last flows to the Roger Road WRF will be diverted from the old plant to the new facility.

    Although the Roger Road WRF has kept the community safe from water-borne diseases for more than 60 years, most people associate the old facility with odors that have been problematic for Westside residents and businesses and travelers along I-10 and nearby surface streets.

    Agua Nueva WRFThe Agua Nueva WRF has state-of-the-art odor control, and once clean up and closure of the Roger Road facility is completed, residents and visitors to the Westside will no longer be affected by treatment plant odors. According to RWRD director, Jackson Jenkins, “Cleanup activities are expected to take approximately six months, and may result in some minor odors.”

    In the spring, a news conference will be held to highlight the Roger Road WRF’s six-decade-long contributions to our community and the completion of regulatory requirements under the Regional Optimization Master Plan (ROMP).

    Four major components of the ROMP have been completed:

    • The construction of a plant interconnect that allows some flows from the Roger Road Service area to be diverted to the Tres Rios (formerly Ina Road) WRF
    • The construction and operation of a state-of the-art laboratory and training facility The expansion and upgrade of the existing Ina Road Wastewater Reclamation Facility, recently renamed Tres Rios Water Reclamation Facility
    • The construction of the Agua Nueva WRF

    There are smaller projects in the ROMP that have not yet been completed; however, with the startup of the Agua Nueva WRF, all regulatory requirements have been met. The startup of the Agua Nueva Facility is being realized one year ahead of the regulatory compliance schedule.