Applied Water Management Inc. (AWM) has been awarded a 20-year contract to operate the wastewater treatment and recycling system for CMGi Field, the new home of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, being constructed in Foxboro, Mass., the company said. The new system is said to be the largest wastewater recycling system in the Northeast.
CMGi Field will be the first National Football League stadium to incorporate wastewater recycling into its design, according to the company.
The wastewater system will provide direct reuse of treated wastewater within the stadium and indirect recharge of the underlying aquifer through groundwater recharge, the company said. Wastewater generated from the stadium will be treated and recycled for reuse as flushwater in the stadium toilets.
The company said it anticipates that 80 percent of the wastewater will be directly recycled in the stadium and 20 percent will be recharged into the groundwater. In future phases, the plant will be expanded to treat and recycle the wastewater generated by businesses within the Route 1 economic development area of Foxboro.
Phil Sudol, chief operating officer of AWM said, "The water reuse system for the New England Patriots facility clearly demonstrates a balance between developmental pressures and environmental concern. The team will enjoy a new modern stadium, and the community will benefit from improved commerce and an environmentally friendly solution to their water and wastewater needs."
AWM used membrane bioreactor technology to achieve the water quality mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The facility was designed to accommodate wide fluctuations in waste flow and concentration.