Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Bissell Point Treatment Plant

Yesterday I toured a waste water treatment plant just North of Downtown. It is one of seven such facilities in the St. Louis region. I recommend a tour to anyone who doubts the positive value of impervious surfaces, cisterns and rain gardens in site development. Slowing down stormwater doesn't have the same level of attraction to a homebuyer as a geothermal HVAC system which would save a lot of money. But, if one thinks a bit bigger it is easy to see the value to our community of doing a better job managing storm water.

This image is taken from the catwalk of the trickle down filter tank towards the arch. The thinner stacks house bio filters that take the stink out. You may click on the image to enlarge.