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South Platte Water Renewal Partners Awarded $50,000 in EPA Challenge
Prize awarded for the 2019 EPA Nutrient Sensor Action Challenge
The South Platte Water Renewal Partners (SPWRP) has won a $50,000 national prize at the 2019 Nutrient Sensor Action Challenge presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The challenge called for data-driven solutions that utilized many different experts. SPWRP’s work was detailed in a 23-page report entitled “In-Plant Sensors for Nutrient Management” which detailed the use of data probes across the facility to manage chemical usage and reduce nutrient levels in the South Platte watershed.
The Littleton- and Englewood-based organization was the only municipality actively affecting the watershed out of the competing six teams. SPWRP must adhere to state and local nutrient restrictions in order to comply with its water discharge permit and sustain the natural environment.
“As a municipality, we have a direct impact on our watershed,” SPWRP Director Pieter Van Ry said. “Studies such as these demonstrate how we continually strive to meet and exceed in our responsibilities as stewards of our communities.”
There are currently $30 million worth of projects centered on revitalizing the South Platte River and allowing for healthy recreation in the area. SPWRP’s efforts support these projects by maintaining a healthy and habitable environment via clean water.
“We are working locally on a national issue in terms of nutrient management,” said SPWRP project engineer Anna Schroeder who submitted the report. “This money will help to accelerate projects dedicated to finding a national solution.”
The organization plans to invest the prize money into further process efficiencies in order to maintain the high quality of service that it provides to its customers and greater South Platte watershed.
SPWRP helps the South Platte communities thrive by renewing water to support recreation, agriculture and wildlife. It treats waste in the water and recovers vital resources during the process. SPWRP is the third largest water renewal facility in Colorado, cleaning 20 million gallons of wastewater per day from 300,000 customers in Littleton, Englewood and 19 other connector districts.