The Future of Wastewater Treatment Series: Kern County, CA

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.

Among the fastest growing counties in the United States, Kern County, number 86 on the list, stands out for its intriguing character. This county, without a major metropolitan hub, still boasts impressive growth, possibly spurred by its proximity to Los Angeles. It might come as a surprise that Bakersfield, the county’s largest city, has significantly contributed to this growth.

Kern County is a tapestry of intriguing cities, each with its own unique charm. It houses the city of Mojave, known more for its namesake desert, California City, the Aztec-inspired Tehachapi, and the famous Edwards Air Base.

For our Transcend Design Generator (TDG) project, we’ve chosen a unique locale – the Edwards Air Base and its neighboring town, North Edwards. Together, they represent a population of nearly 4,000 residents. Considering the high water needs of the airbase, we’re looking at a daily flow of about 300,000 gallons.

To cater to this, we’re designing a compact, efficient wastewater plant that utilizes Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) technology, combined with primary clarifiers and pile cloth filters. This solution is optimal for the low-population, high-use scenario presented by the Edwards Air Base.

With TDG’s innovative approach, we’re able to tackle diverse wastewater treatment needs, even in surprising locales like Kern County. From major metropolises to air bases, TDG is ready to take on any challenge, proving that wastewater treatment design truly knows no bounds.

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 Lakeland.


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