The Future of Wastewater Treatment Series: San Francisco, California

This article is part of our feature on the future of wastewater in the U.S.’s fastest growing metro areas. We’re using the Transcend Design Generator to automatically build, expand, or upgrade regional wastewater treatment systems in each of these regions.

As the San Francisco Bay Area continues to experience rapid growth and development, the demand for efficient and sustainable wastewater treatment solutions is now more critical than ever. 
With four counties on the Top 100 fastest-growing list – San Francisco (#93), Contra Costa (#45), Alameda (#24), and Santa Clara (#32) – the region faces significant challenges in meeting the needs of its expanding population while minimizing its environmental footprint. So today’s installment of our series in automatically designing wastewater treatment works takes us to the beautiful Contra Costa County, where we’ve automatically designed a new treatment works based off their recent master planning work!
Contra Costa County has proactively addressed its wastewater management needs by conducting a comprehensive analysis in 2020, taking into account the anticipated population growth in the area. As a result, they have constructed a new treatment plant near Walnut Creek, designed to handle a daily flow of 102,901 gallons and a peak flow of 396,128 gallons. 
This forward-thinking approach not only ensures that the county’s wastewater infrastructure can accommodate the increasing demands of its residents but also demonstrates the importance of proper planning and investment in advanced treatment technologies to maintain compliance with regulatory requirements and protect the environment.
Since most of the other counties already have plants to address growing population and development, we’ve decided to help Contra Costa by automatically running a design for their proposed new MBR plant!
As the screenshot of our site mapping shows, our software has designed a treatment works on the proposed site, which discharges into Walnut Creek near Diablo Hills. 

If you’d like to see the full design package for this treatment plant, send us a note at or contact us here and a member of our team will share it with you!

If you enjoyed this piece you may also want to read about the future of wastewater in Indianapolis.


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