Bradford Woods Wastewater Treatment Plant
An environmentally friendly alternative to a traditional wastewater treatment has become an innovative complement for the 2,500-acre Bradford Woods Campus, Indiana University's leading international outdoor education center. Aligning the need to replace aging wastewater collection and treatment systems with the center's dedication to environmental sustainability resulted in the project team designing trenchless rehabilitation methods for the collection system and a wetlands-based system for treating the wastewater generated at the center.
There are several environmental benefits to this wetlands-based wastewater treatment system. The plants consume carbon dioxide, resulting in reduction of greenhouse gasses, and the wetland provides healthy habitat. The system also significantly reduces the carbon, solids, and nitrogen that must be assimilated in the soil, thereby protecting the groundwater. The carbon footprint is approximately 10 percent of a conventional treatment plant, and power consumption is greatly reduced. It is also much quieter than a conventional system.