Impact on the Community
The availability of purified water has a positive daily impact on our community in ways many of us never consider.
Every day each of us makes clean water "dirty" just by using our sinks, toilets, showers and bathtubs, washing machines, dishwashers, and garbage disposals. Places of business and recreation also use water in ways that make it unusable for human consumption. We rarely give a thought to what happens to all that "dirty" water. By collecting and purifying this used water, West Central Conservancy District makes it clean enough to safely restore it to the environment.
The District currently processes 3.2 million gallons of wastewater each day, enough wastewater to fill four Olympic swimming pools. With its last expansion, it now has the capability to purify 5 million gallons of wastewater each day, enough water to fill eight Olympic swimming pools!
This is a vital service to the community, its citizens and the environment in many ways. First of all, the process the District uses to purify the water virtually eliminates water-borne diseases. When you consider that in developing countries, 80% of their diseases are water-related, you can begin to grasp the importance of clean water for our health and well-being.
Secondly, the District's wastewater treatment plant uses cost-effective, environmentally safe and healthful scientific processes to remove pollution from the wastewater. The treated water from the plant is actually cleaner than the water in White Lick Creek that it's restored to. Fish and other life in the water habitat congregate and have growth where the treated lines dispense water into the creek.
Thirdly, assuring that wastewater is properly collected and purified impacts the recreation industry and farming. The creek goes through farms and impacts livestock and crops. Recreation in the areas fed by the creek would be affected if the water was not clean, and this impacts not only the environment but the economy of the area.
Finally, when it comes to economic growth, the area's ability to process wastewater is a key factor in attracting new development and industry, which translates to jobs and a stronger tax base. West Central Conservancy District was established nearly 20 years ago at a time when the existing wastewater facility was not able to process any additional sewage and there was a moratorium on development. With the District's expansion of wastewater treatment capabilities, that allowed Avon to develop into the community we all enjoy.
As the human population of the community grows along with additional businesses, schools and subdivisions, the amount of water used will also increase. The District is prepared to handle the increased water resource to ensure it is safe to restore to the environment.