Boise’s path forward - managing the most precious resource
From the river, to our homes and offices, water plays an important role in many parts of our community. Clean water keeps our community safe and makes Boise an attractive place to live. It powers industry and allows us to attract and retain businesses. Water also plays an important role in our personal lives.
What happens to water when you're done using it?
Water doesn’t just travel through your pipes and disappear. The city has over 900 miles of pipe running throughout the community. If you laid all the pipe out in a straight line, it would stretch from Boise to San Diego. These pipes carry used water and other resources from homes and businesses to the city’s two water renewal facilities. At these facilities, the water goes through an extensive, multi-step process to ensure it is safe and clean before being put into the river.
Thoroughly treating the water our community uses is paramount. Yet, simply cleaning the water and putting it into the river is a missed opportunity. Water, even after we’ve used it, is a community resource. Did you know we can harvest minerals from used water to produce fertilizer, capture natural gas and turn into energy, and utilize carbon and nutrients to help grow crops? The extent to which we take advantage of these opportunities is up to the community.
Who Cleans All That Water?
Within the City of Boise’s Public Works Department, Water Renewal Services is the utility that treats every drop of used water before it is released into the Boise River. Every day, Water Renewal Services preserves the health and safety of our community, allows Boise businesses to thrive and turns materials once thought of as waste into valuable products.
Why Do We Need to Plan For the Future?
The city, along with residents and business leaders, are planning for Boise’s water future by developing an innovative long-range plan that will balance Boise’s environmental, financial and community needs as we determine how to treat and renew the water our community uses. The Water Renewal Services Facility Plan will identify the best way for Boise to recover potential resources – including water, energy, and fertilizer – and a sustainable strategy to get there. The City of Boise has made significant investments in used water collection, management and reuse. The plan will create a roadmap outlining how we direct future investment over the next 30 years.
- Sustain the health of the Boise River
- Map out the future for Boise’s Water Renewal Services
- Connect community values to our actions
- Maximize energy efficiency and production at our facilities
- Support job creation and manage finances to create predictable, stable rates