FRIDAY LUNCH SPEAKER SERIES (fall 2013)
Worcester receives over 50 inches of annual precipitation. A water treatment facility located in Holden, MA uses 600 miles of underground pipe to transport on average 23 million gallons a day of filtered municipal water throughout the city– the facility draws from an 8-billion gallon 10 reservoir-system located across the northern Blackstone Watershed and southern Nashua River Watershed in the towns of Rutland, Leicester, Paxton, and Holden.
WA consumes ~10,000,000 gallons annually, primarily for irrigation. Roughly 90 million gallons of precipitation fall on our campus property each year. Most of the water entering our campus that does not evaporate or collect underground flows into the Blackstone River, usually after treatment by the Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District in Millbury MA which filters an average 33 million gallons per day. Related federal laws that shape our water environments are the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act.
Treatment Facility Basics: http://www.worcesterma.gov/dpw/water-sewer-operations/water-treatment-plant
2012 Annual Water Quality Report: http://www.worcesterma.gov/uploads/ee/65/ee652dd4088a6d00f23c3756f13d7d87/water-quality-report.pdf
General Information on potable and wastewater treatment: http://waenvironment.wordpress.com/category/water/