Water Treatment Plant
Exhibits exploring an essential but usually unheralded aspect of the infrastructure of civilized living.
The Deer Island waste treatment plant processes Boston's sewage and is the second largest sewage treatment plant in the country (Chicago's is larger). The plant is capable of handling more than a billion gallons of wastewater per day, ejecting treated effluent out giant submerged sprinkler heads at...
Relying on natural decontamination processes instead of chemical agents, Viet Ngo's "Lemna System" utilizes a variety of floating plants to remove harmful phosphorus, nitrogen and algae in water before it is released into a bay of Devil's Lake. Shaped in the form of a long, windy road or a coiled...
The Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant is the last stop for the liquid wastes flowing out of the City of Los Angeles. From the 4 inch pipes that connect to the homes of the city, to the 30 foot diameter trunk lines that connect to the plant, the city's network of 6,500 miles of buried pipeline...
The Stickney Water Reclamation Plant is said to be the largest sewage treatment plant in the world. It serves a 260-square mile area, with around 2.4 million people. Up to 1,440 million gallons of sewage per day can be treated in the 166 tanks at this 570-acre site, which has its own railway with...
The West Point Treatment Plant is the largest water treatment plant in the Northwest, processing 125 million gallons of Seattle's sewage per day. Built in 1966 on the edge of Fort Lawton, the plant was upgraded during 1991 and 1996, at a cost of over $500 million. Treated water is ejected into...
A desalinization plant, one of the largest in the world, built to take salt out of the Colorado River before it trickles into Mexico. The plant, constructed by the Federal government for $256 million, was promised to Mexico because the river is so salty by the time it crosses the border that...