August 26: DC Water Tour

In addition, DC water has to deal with wastewater systems that combine both storm water and sewer water.  During periods of intense rainfall, the wastewater system exceeds its capacity and will overflow into to Rock Creek and the Anacostia and Potomac rivers.  The DC Water Clean Rivers Project (Combined Sewer Overflow Control Program) will implement a system of tunnels, sewers and other diversion structures to control and capture overflow throughout the city.  

​AEE/NCC Members Fee = $30
Non-Members of AEE/NCC Fee = $40
Student Chapter Members of AEE Fee = $0

PLEASE NOTE:  We have a limit of 50 participants.  The last time this tour was held in May of 2014, it filled up fast.  Register early, don't miss out!

Friday, August 26 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT


DC Water - Blue Plains
5000 Overlook Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20032

This tour will include a presentation from Senior DC Water officials regarding efforts made to reduce energy and environmental impact at one of the largest municipal wastewater treatment facilities in the world.

The Blue Plains advanced wastewater treatment plant in Washington, DC has stringent treatment limits for nitrogen and phosphorus.  The removal of nutrients from wastewater requires the considerable use of energy.  DC Water is constantly investigating approaches to conserve energy used for nutrient removal, while maximizing the production of electricity. 

Thermal hydrolysis followed by anaerobic digestion is in use at DC Water.  This groundbreaking project is the first to employ thermal hydrolysis technology in North America, and the largest such facility in the world. The project efficiently provides clean, green renewable power by converting collected sewage solids into methane, which is cleaned and then sent through turbines for the production of electric power and recoverable heat.