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Anaheim Water Recycling Demonstration Facility

Recycling water in a noiseless, odorless environment

  • 75K

    AFY of Potable Water

  • 50K


  • Anaheim, California

    Anaheim, California

An example of how urban centers can sustainably recycle water

The City of Anaheim desired a new water recycling demonstration facility (WRDF) to prove how wastewater treatment plants can operate in downtown environments and meet urban recycled water demands. Our team was brought in for planning and engineering support. The challenge? Designing a noiseless, odor-free urban treatment plant to facilitate public education and provide precedent for future sustainable developments.

A brilliant contribution to the community, the WRDF was developed to emphasize the importance of water reuse and illustrate how to accomplish treatment with a small footprint. We incorporated glass walls, walkways, and informational graphics to educate touring visitors. Our design needed to convince the public that a treatment facility could be built in any urban location without disrupting the community. We did this by creating an environment with minimal noise and odor, unnoticeable to nearby pedestrians.

The demonstration facility treats 50,000 gallons per day and is used for toilets, landscape irrigation, and nearby parks. Constructed in 14 months, the WRDF effectively highlights that wastewater treatment can be accomplished in a highly-urbanized environment and provide benefits to the community.

At a Glance

  • City of Anaheim
ENR, California Award of Merit, 2013
CWEA, Engineering Achievement of the Year
Meet Our Team

Michael Adelman, Associate

I’m interested in the intersection of theory and practice—I think good engineering combines both.

Jim Borchardt, Vice President, Civil Engineer

I’m passionate about mentoring the next generation of engineers so they can trust themselves enough to make mistakes and grow from it.
Jim Borchardt Vice President, Civil Engineer Read More

John Ciccotelli, Regional Director, Water Australia

I love knowing that decisions made on how we approach a project or provide a solution directly impacts my friends, family and neighbourhood.
John Ciccotelli Regional Director, Water Australia Read More

Zakir Hirani, Vice President, Water Reuse Practice Leader

Expertise in membranes and advanced water treatment helps me alleviate water scarcity—achieving sustainability in these changing times.
Zakir Hirani Vice President, Water Reuse Practice Leader Read More

Scott Radford, Senior Landscape Architect

I strive to create practical, pleasing outdoor spaces that are enjoyable to outdoor enthusiasts and alluring to those who prefer the indoors.

Michael Adelman


Jim Borchardt

Vice President, Civil Engineer

John Ciccotelli

Regional Director, Water Australia

Zakir Hirani

Vice President, Water Reuse Practice Leader

Scott Radford

Senior Landscape Architect

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