The Central Heating Plant (CHP) currently utilizes the effluent (reclaimed water) from the Amherst Waste Water Treatment Plant as boiler make-up water to produce steam for the campus. To increase water conservation, the CHP has submitted a Class A Reclaimed Water Application to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to use reclaimed water at the CHP cooling towers as well.
The Amherst campus currently uses about 340 million gallons of water per year. With the Class A Permit, the CHP would be able to use up to 200,000 gallons per day of reclaimed water, resulting in a potential reduction of potable water consumption of 21 percent.
A public hearing will be held in 904-908 Campus Center on Wednesday, March 27 at 5 p.m.