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WaterHub at Emory University

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Emory University, Dowman Drive, Atlanta, GA, USA



Project Overview
Project Name: WaterHub at Emory University
Date Completed: 2015
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Project Status: Complete
Project Type: Water/Environmental
Official Website: Emory University WaterHub
Description of Location: Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Project Tags: water WEF Award WEF Award Winner wastewater treatment


Project Team

Disciplines That Worked on Project

Civil Engineer: EnvironmentalCivil Engineer: Water (Drinking water treatment)Civil Engineer: Water (Wastewater treatment)Environmental Engineer
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Organizations

Awards & Media
Project Awards
WEF Project Excellence Award - 2016 - Sustainable Water (Owner/Developer), Emory University (Sponsor) 

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Project Details
About this project
WaterHub is a on-site water recycling system which treats wastewater from the university and uses it for non-potable uses, such as heating buildings (i.e., water in steam and chiller plants) and flushing toilets. It was designed to process 400,000 gallons of water each day, which is about 40% of all the water the university uses. The WaterHub uses solar panels for power and uses plants and microorganism to clean the water.
Who benefits from this project, and how?
There is little on this planet more precious than water and the WaterHub reduces the university's water footprint. It reduce Emory’s draw of water from Atlanta’s municipal water supply by up to 146 million gallons of water annually. This provides environmental benefits for the Atlanta area since other sources of water are not required. It also provides cost savings - the university is expected to save tens of million of dollars in water utility costs over a 20-year period. In addition, Emory University students benefit by being able to use the facility for hands-on learning and experiments.
Environmental considerations
This project turns wastewater into a resource. The ecological treatment process meets high quality effluent regulations while consuming very little energy.
What's unique about this project?
The WaterHub is the first of it's kind in America.

Funding & Costs
Funding source: Public



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