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Helping the Upstate recycle more than just water

Posted September 30, 2015 in Articles

ReWa focuses on providing quality services to our customer base, promoting public health through a cleaner environment and protecting Upstate waterways.

But we are more than just water!

We also place emphasis on forward thinking, which includes providing the necessary sewer infrastructure for growth, exploring further re-use opportunities and utilizing technologies that provide value to our customers.

This includes:

  • The ReWa Biosolids Recycling Program, which is a sound way to put a valuable resource to work for our environment. With state of the art equipment, our WRRF reclaim safe organic material from the millions of gallons of wastewater that is cleaned daily. These nutrient-rich organics, called biosolids, can be beneficially reused as a natural and environmentally sound fertilizer. Used as an agricultural fertilizer, the biosolids produced by ReWa enhance crop production by improving soil fertility and organic content.  Area farmers collectively save hundreds of thousands of dollars each year by using biosolids instead of processed chemical fertilizers. ReWa recycles biosolids from its Durbin Creek, Georges Creek, Gilder Creek, Lower Reedy, Mauldin Road, and Piedmont Regional facilities. On an annual basis, 85 percent of the organics recovered by ReWa are recycled back into the local farming economy.


  • Water Reuse: Recycling Water and saving our Most Valuable Resource is our program of finding new ways to recycle one of our invaluable resources—water. Clean water is water that is treated to nearly drinking water standards. This water, while it is not drinking water, supplements the flow of local rivers where it supports aquatic life and helps other communities downstream to enjoy an abundance of water for recreational uses and production of drinking water.
  • Capturing Methane Gas and recycling as Usable Energy. By capturing methane gas – a by-product of the treatment process — ReWa can produce usable consumer energy; helping power the daily lives of Upstate residents. Having been granted the ability to develop and implement processes to generate energy from alternate sources, ReWa can now reduce energy consumption. Additionally, this clean-burning gas is recycled to provide the heat needed to partially support the biological treatment processes at each WRRF.
  • An Environmental Management System (EMS) that is a set of standard procedures and steps that biosolids managers can use to ensure the environmental integrity of their biosolids program; improve the effectiveness of their operations; meet regulatory requirements and address issues of concern to stakeholders and the public. (John, this could be included in the biosolids section if you wanted to move it there… the EMS is biosolids standards so I think it belongs there rather than a separate bullet…)


Additional Resources

Biosolids Policy

EMS Manual

Internal Audit Report, August 2014

(Executive Summary)

2014 Performance Report

Report Archives

Biosolids Brochure