The Stockton Municipal Utilities Department held a groundbreaking ceremony early last week for its Regional Wastewater Control Facility (RWCF) Modifications Project. The $200 million project includes the demolition, rehabilitation, and repurposing of certain structures and existing components.
The new wastewater facility will sit alongside the existing Delta Water Treatment Plant. Together the combined facilities will position Stockton for economic growth and development for years to come.
“This project is setting the stage for the wellness, growth and prosperity of our community, for ourselves and for generations,” said Community Development Director David Kwong. “The modernization of the sewer treatment plant ensures the City’s infrastructure continues to promote thoughtful urban planning, safe building and sustainable future growth.”
The RWCF collects, treats, and disposes of wastewater, more commonly referred to as the sewer system. The facility has a 55-million gallon per day treatment capacity and is located on nearly 700 acres in the southwestern portion of Stockton, adjacent to the San Joaquin River. The facility services the city of Stockton, special districts, and portions of San Joaquin County.
The RWCF recycles wastewater before it is discharged into local waterways. The RWCF Modifications Project will replace equipment and processes that are between 40 to 70 years old and well beyond their useful life. The modifications project will ensure Stockton continues to promote sustainable and responsible use of its natural resources into the future. Normal wastewater operations will continue during construction to ensure existing sewer treatment services.
“The RWCF Modifications Project is a local hire project bringing immediate employment opportunities to local residents,” said Carrie Wright, Stockton’s director of Economic Development. “The project provides a competitive advantage for businesses looking to expand or relocate, as wastewater treatment is a key deciding factor. The project also supports business growth and attracts new industries and jobs, diversifying the City’s long-term economic base.”