We’re Renewing Our Wastewater Plant. Follow Our Progress
For nearly 60 years, Sunnyvale’s Water Pollution Control Plant has performed admirably 24/7 to support Sunnyvale residents. But now, some of the Plant’s components are reaching the end of their useful life.
The Plant handles waste treatment for 148,000 residents and business people who don’t have to think twice about it. Since 1956, the Plant has protected the health and well-being not only of its human customers but also of the southern San Francisco Bay. The Plant and oxidation ponds occupies more than 440 acres on Borregas Avenue in Sunnyvale.
Much of the wastewater system’s aging infrastructure needs replacing. Fortunately, the City is well into its planning for the future. While age is a major driver for the City’s Water Pollution Control Plant Master Plan, other factors include the need for operational reliability, increased capacity, new regulations and innovative technology that will rebuild the system over the next 20-plus years. All these improvements encompass the Sunnyvale Clean Water Program, which is the City’s long-term capital improvement program to renovate the Plant through a series of projects and upgrades.
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What the Program Will Do
- Minimize capital and operational costs for rate payers by selecting the best and most cost-efficient technologies that meet our needs.
- Meet current and future regulatory standards for air and water quality, and treatment bi-products like biosolids.
- Provide a more reliable power supply through renewable energy produced by the Plant.
Wastewater Facts and Figures
- The Plant serves a population of 148,000 people in Sunnyvale, Rancho Rinconada and Moffett Field.
- The Plant occupies 16.6 acres at 1444 Borregas Ave. and maintains an additional 440 acres of oxidation ponds.
- The Plant has been in continuous, 24/7 operation since 1956.
- It is one of the oldest treatment plants on the west coast.