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Last Saturday was our final tour as 2019 Livability Ambassadors and our trip took us to the West Boise Water Renewal Services facility to see how Boise’s infrastructure and environment protect our community.
Boises Water Renewal facilities are a great example of how sustainability can be maximized. Of course we just think of them as waste water treatment plants. Wrong! They are using a non-chemical process to renew, reclaim and reuse as much of what enters the facility as possible.
This facility reclaims (and uses) methane it produces, clean water it produces from waste water (the rest of the renewed water is added to the Boise river), biosolids for fertilizer at Boise’s South Farm. The facility also creates Struvite (magnesium ammonium phosphate) which is a phosphate fertilizer that can be sold on the open market.
Visit the Boise Watershed at this facility. It is an educational building open to the public and provides tours. Take a tour, it is worth your time.
The posted video is a fun app at the Watershed called the Flush Mapper that tells you the route, distance and time it takes when you flush for it to reach the facility you are connected to. For me, it’s 5.9 miles, and takes 7.7 hours.