Terminal Island Water Reclamation Plant
About our plant
The Terminal Island Water Reclamation Plant/Advanced Water Treatment Facilities are located 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles in San Pedro. The plant treats wastewater from over 130,000 people and 100 businesses in the heavily industrialized Los Angeles Harbor area, including the communities of Wilmington, San Pedro, and a portion of Harbor City.
The plant has recently become the third Los Angeles wastewater treatment plant to produce reclaimed water and one of the few plants in the country that produce water using reverse osmosis.
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How it works
This exceptional quality water will soon be used as a potable water replacement in Harbor area industrial applications and as a barrier against seawater intrusion. The plant also produces biosolids and biogas for beneficial reuse.
At a glance:
|Location||445 Ferry Street, Los Angeles|
|Serves||Terminal Island, Wilmington, San Pedro, and a portion of Harbor City|
|Plant manager||Douglas Bohlmann
|Number of employees||71|
|Annual budget||$9.6 million (FY 08/09)|
|Treatment processes||Tertiary treatment and microfiltration-reverse osmosis, biosolids handling, biogas generation|
|Reuse data||50 wet tons of bioslids trucked per day to Green Acres Farm in Kern County, 239,000 cubic feet per day of biogas – used to produce steam for the digesters|
|Contact us:||(310) 548-7520
The Early Years
In 1977 the treatment plant upgraded its facilities so that all wastewater could be treated to the secondary level. This upgrade also included this country’s first egg‑shaped digesters for processing sludge to beneficial biosolids.
In 1997 the plant was upgraded to the tertiary treatment level, allowing the plant to distribute reclaimed water for reuse in the Harbor area. These were major steps toward improving the health of the Harbor and ocean environments.
The transformation to Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facilities
In 1985 the Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted an order requiring cessation of TITP’s effluent discharge to the Harbor.
The Department of Public Works grappled with the decision of whether to construct a new, conventional deep-water ocean outfall to discharge Terminal Island’s secondary effluent outside the Los Angeles Harbor, or to try something completely “outside of the box”.