Mainstreet Architects have built a groundbreaking new waste water facility in Southern California. The Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF) is a LEED Gold certified project that produces 25 million gallons of sustainably treated water every day in the city of Oxnard, which is working hard to reduce water use in businesses, farms, and homes.
The Groundwater Recovery Enhancement and Treatment Program (or GREAT) provides 25 million gallons of reclaimed water to the Oxnard each day. This water is processed through various on-site facilities and includes a groundwater protection system, where reclaimed water is injected into the groundwater basin to inhibit seawater intrusion.
The studio incorporated a host of sustainable elements such as photovoltaic panels and passive and active day lighting controls, as well as various water conservation techniques.
Helping to bring in visitors to the site, an education building serves as a Science Center to teach the public about the waste water treatment processes, while bridges improve access across the wetlands, allowing visitors to get an up-close look at how the facility functions.
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