The City of Airway Heights has received recognition from the Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council for Outstanding Achievement in Infrastructure. The award, in the Solid/Wastewater category, was presented for the Airway Heights Water Reclamation Project designed and administered through construction by Century West Engineering.
Opened on May 17, the $44.6 million plant is the first of its kind in the region to treat wastewater to Class A-plus Water Reclamation and Reuse Standards, providing an innovative, sustainable solution to help meet the region’s growing water needs. About 700,000 gallons of wastewater that previously was diverted to and treated by the City of Spokane’s water reclamation facility and discharged into the Spokane River, which is on the 303(d) list as an impaired water body, each day will now be redirected to the new plant where it is treated and percolated through the soil column to recharge the declining West Plains aquifer.
The plant is one of the largest projects ever undertaken by both the City and Century West, and it’s one of the first in Washington to be built using federal stimulus money.