UC Davis Wastewater Treatment Plant is located south of I80 on Old Davis Road (on Trotter Lane). It is in south campus, near the UC Davis Riparian Center. This facility house current projects run by University Professors and research students; these projects are focused on sustainability.
The current plant first opened in March of 2000 at a cost of $15.3 million, and it was quite advanced at the time. The facility utilizes ultraviolet light as part of its disinfection process. It is also worthy to note that an anaerobic phased solids digester was built; it takes solid organic waste and turns it into electricity and fiber products. The facility can treat up to 2.8 million gallons of waste per day. When the water has been processed, it is tested to make sure it meets guidelines and then released into Putah Creek The current plant replaced an older one that had been in operation for over 50 years next to the arboretum and the Cole Facility.
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