The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure has honored the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant with an Envision Silver award. The plant, one of the largest wastewater treatment facilities in Ohio, is the oldest infrastructure project to be Envision verified.
The Southerly Plant went into operation in 1928 and sits on a 288-acre site in the Village of Cuyahoga Heights, OH. The plant handles a daily average flow of 120 million gallons per day to accommodate a population of more than 530,000.
To better meet the needs of the community, the Southerly Plant continues to upgrade, operate, and maintain its facilities. A Renewable Energy Facility was constructed in 2014 to reduce natural gas consumption and electrical costs. The state-of-the-art incineration facility uses sludge, septage, and grease to generate energy.
In addition to following sustainable practices, the plant positively affects the growth and development of the Greater Cleveland area. NEORSD employs about 200 people at the Southerly Plant and offers training and education opportunities to support plant employees and advance their careers.
Northeast Ohioans are encouraged to visit the plant and participate in informational workshops. Visitors can learn more about the history and future of sewer systems, water quality, and sustainability in the region.
The ISI Envision rating system measures sustainable infrastructure projects in five categories: quality of life, leadership, natural world, resource allocation, and climate and risk. Learn more about Envision and ISI at sustainableinfrastructure.org.