Work Begins on new Moab Water Treatment Facility

Work begins this week at the site of the City of Moab’s new wastewater treatment facility.

The five-acre project site, located on the northern edge of Moab across from the existing plant, will be cleared and prepared for vertical construction this spring. Moab’s existing wastewater facility will be decommissioned and the surrounding land will be reclaimed as open space.

“It’s exciting to see shovels in the ground on such an important project,” said Mayor David Sakrison. “This is a fiscally-responsible investment in the future health of our residents, the environment and the future success of Moab – from housing to tourism.”

Once complete, the new plant will process 1.75 million gallons of wastewater daily and feature an increased capacity to handle higher waste concentrations. The new plant is expected to have a 20 to 30 year lifespan with a potential upgrade included in its design for future expansion.

The $12.4 million project is paid for by sales and use taxes the City has set aside, a low-interest loan from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and other user fees.

Moab will continue to offer wastewater treatment to surrounding residents through the Grand Water and Sewer Service Agency as well as surrounding National Park Service and BLM facilities.