2019 Site Visit

Turkey Creek WWTP, Houston Public Works

The American Water Summit is pleased to offer delegates the opportunity to visit Houston Public Works’ Turkey Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, which has become a beacon of the city’s resilience after it was famously flooded during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Extreme weather events are increasingly affecting major urban centres around the US and the world, adding impetus to the need for greater experience sharing between utilities, technology providers, engineers, and financiers about the risks to critical infrastructure and the methods of building in resilience.

This site visit is a unique opportunity to witness how a major treatment plant has bounced back from inundation to full operational capacity, serving the city of Houston. Come and hear from the plant manager and members of the Houston Innovation Hub about how the city turned this plant’s operations around, and learn Houston’s lessons of risk mitigation and climate resilience.

Turkey Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant uses an advanced secondary aeration treatment process. The permitted flow is 12 mgd with a daily average of 5.3 mgd. The Facility is designed to meet final effluent limitations of 10 milligrams per liter (mg/l) carbonaceous biochemical oxygen demand (cBOD), 15 mg/l total suspended solids, 4 mg/l dissolved oxygen (DO), 2 mg/l ammonia nitrogen June to August and 4 mg/l September to May. These limitations must be met on a continuous basis.

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Thursday November 14th – 3:15pm
Following the conclusion of the Day 2 program, registered site visit delegates are asked to assemble in the foyer of the Omni Hotel Houston promptly at 3:15pm for a 3:30pm departure. Transport will be provided by Houston Public Works. Buses are scheduled to return to the Omni Hotel Houston by 6:00pm.

Delegates are asked to wear flat shoes and may be asked to wear hard hats on site.