$417M wastewater-treatment plant set to open in Brighton

BRIGHTON — The Denver-based Metro Wastewater Reclamation District will celebrate the grand opening of its Northern Treatment Plant in Brighton on Wednesday, May 24.

The $417 million wastewater-treatment plant was built to support community growth in the northern metropolitan region. It features water-reclamation technology alongside onsite resource recovery for energy generation and agricultural applications.

The plant has the capacity to treat 24 million-gallons-per-day and provide service to 300,000 residents in portions of Aurora, Brighton, Thornton, Denver, Commerce City  and southern Adams County.  

The grand-opening ceremony of the plant will begin at 10:30 a.m. at 51 E. Baseline Road in Brighton, with a lineup of speakers that includes Catherine Gerali, Metro District’s manager; John Stulp, special policy adviser to the governor for water; Dan Mikesell, Metro District’s board chairman; and Jacqueline Hinman, construction engineering firm  CH2M’s chairman and chief executive.

Construction of the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District’s Northern Treatment Plant, located on a 90-acre site in Brighton, began in 2013.

The plant provides opportunities for public recreation and education, in addition to providing wastewater treatment that protects the South Platte River. The southwest corner of the site includes more than a mile of paved trails around a wetland area that will be accessible to the community. The trails are designed to connect with a regional trail system that is envisioned to extend from Wyoming to New Mexico.

The new facility’s administration building includes educational exhibits in its main hall to inform visitors about how wastewater treatment protects the South Platte River and benefits the environment.