R2E2: Our Solids Handling System
NEW Water's solids handling facility, the Resource Recovery and Electrical Energy generation system, or R2E2, went online in 2018.
NEW Water has dedicated itself to the collection, treatment, and reclamation of about 41 million gallons of wastewater each day. To continue to provide safe, reliable service that you expect daily, NEW Water replaced its solids handling system with R2E2 in order to address:
- Aging Infrastructure - most of the main equipment in the old solids building started operation in 1976. The equipment has passed its useful life and needs to be replaced. NEW Water cannot afford to run its equipment to failure because many people and businesses depend on safe, reliable, and cost-effective service.
- Stricter Environmental Standards - NEW Water must comply with new federal air permit standards.
- Increase Capacity – both old incinerators operated at over 90% capacity daily in order to handle all of the wastewater demands. This triggered the regulatory need to start facilities planning.