North & South Durham Wastewater Reclamation Facility Improvements

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The City of Durham owns and operates two water reclamation facilities (WRFs) - North Durham WRF along East Club Boulevard, and South Durham WRF along Farrington Road. In 2011, master plans for each WRF were finalized, detailing the projects required to meet the City’s wastewater treatment needs through the year 2031. These master plans considered the City’s build-out flow projections and new, more stringent regulatory discharge limits for Falls Lake and Jordan Lake. They also took into account process upgrades and replacements for obsolete or aging equipment. In 2014, City Council awarded a professional services contract to Hazen and Sawyer to design Phase 1 of the North and South Durham Water Reclamation Facilities Process Improvements Project. These improvements were recommended in the 2011 master plans.


February 2024

Phase 1 of this project is complete.

Construction of Phase 2 is expected to be fully complete by October 2024.

Odor Control:

  • New Odor Control facilities are now operational at NDWRF.  A six-month performance period is required to fully establish the biological media.
  • New Odor Control facilities are approximately 90% complete at SDWRF.  Completion here has experienced delays due to material shortages.  We hope the facilities will be operational by March, with a six-month performance period required to fully establish the biological media.

Phase 1

The Department of Water Management (DWM) opened bids on August 16, 2017 for construction of Phase 1 improvements. Crowder Construction Company was the low bidder, with a total project cost of $65,429,412.00. Construction began in January 2018, and is on schedule to date.

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