Great Lakes Water Authority

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) awarded a contract to design, build and operate a biosolids processing facility to augment the processing capacity of GLWA’s wastewater treatment plant. The facility features technologically advanced air-pollution, noise and odor-control systems to ensure it is a good neighbor to the community.

Benefits from this contract include significant cost savings over the previous biosolids management practice, capital cost savings by providing dewatering at a significant cost reduction versus a centrifuge capital project that had been planned, more efficient staffing and a facility that greatly reduces impacts to the local community.

The Detroit facility is currently the largest biosolids processing facility in North America. In March 2017, this facility was awarded a 2017 Gold Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies honoring outstanding professional design excellence. It was also one of five finalists for the Grand Conceptor Award.

Facility Information

Great Lakes Water Authority



9125 West Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI 48209


2023 acquisition (NEFCO)
2015 operations commencement
316 dry tons per day design capacity

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