Redefining Sustainability

How Infrastructure and the Environment Protect Our Community

Water Renewal Services (WRS) has a long-term strategic plan to ensure the utility is adapting to changing demands in the future. Currently, WRS renews 10 billion gallons of water annually. As part of this process, phosphorus is removed and produce a struvite fertilizer and biosolids are taken to our Twenty Mile South Farm (4,200 acre farm in Kuna) and applied to grow forage crops that are sold back to the community.

Ambassadors Greg, Carrie, Jeff, and Seth at the West Boise Water Renewal Facility

Beyond this work, the Department of Public Works recognizes that it is important for WRS to adapt to the changing demands of our environment and the expectations of our community. Boise’s growing population and vibrant economy depend on the support of predictable, reliable infrastructure to protect the health of the community and the natural environment. The capacity for growth requires careful planning and construction of sufficient infrastructure to accommodate the addition of new customers and demands on the system. Additional treatment processes are also need. These processes ensure that WRS continues its exemplary record of service delivery and regulatory compliance.

Our community is vital to the mission of Public Works and WRS. In evaluating the viability of large capital projects, constructed infrastructure, services provided, and renewable products generated from the water we renew, Public Works and WRS test them alongside the input we receive from our community that consists of ratepayers, elected officials, businesses, and utility partners. That input helps us find the right answers to the problems we face.

Group of people in hard hats
Ambassador Madeline learning what not to put down your sink or floss
Three men looking at flush mapper at Boise Watershed
Ambassadors Greg, Steve, and Jeff learn more about the journey waste takes as it leaves a residence and travels to a water renewal facility.
People talking at a conference room table
Ambassadors Seth, Peyton and Jillian discussing the future possibilities for water renewal planning across the City of Boise.

Challenges & Opportunities

Challenge: Reinvest, Repair and Replace

There is a finite life for the city’s equipment, pipes and treatment facilities. In time, each of these items will need to be repair or replaced. This not only requires a substantial monetary investment, it also requires the city to coordinate plans within the city and across the county as the population grows.

Opportunity: Innovation & Technology

New solutions and technologies are continuously emerging that will help us more efficiently use and improve our infrastructure. As we integrate new technologies and processes into our facilities, our services will become more cost effective.

Challenge: Growth & Capacity

As the city grows, our infrastructure must also accommodate the changing built environment while also adapting to serve our growing population. To this end, the city must be thoughtful and intentional with infrastructure development and capacity.

Opportunity: Community Collaboration

The natural environment is incredibly important to Boiseans. Knowing this, we are working to meet our community’s expectations to preserve, protect and sustain our natural environment. By listening to our community and by developing innovative solutions, we will continue to improve the sustainability and vitality of our city for future generations.

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