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State funding awarded for renewable water treatment plant upgrade in Amherst

March 29, 2019

The Baker-Polito administration has awarded $759,556 in grants to support six innovative technical advancements for wastewater treatment facilities in Amherst, Plymouth, Hull, Haverhill and Palmer. The funding, awarded through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s (MassCEC) Wastewater Treatment Pilot program, supports publicly-owned wastewater treatment districts and authorities in Massachusetts that demonstrate innovative wastewater treatment technologies showing potential to reduce energy demand, recover resources such as heat, biomass, energy or water and/or remediate nutrients such as nitrogen or phosphorus.  

The Town of Amherst and Blue Thermal Corp. received $103,179. The UMass Water and Energy Testing (WET) Center facility is the main subcontractor doing the work. The funding will be used to install, monitor and commission a wastewater source heat pump, which will provide renewable and consistent heating, cooling and hot water to the Amherst Wastewater Treatment Plant from a renewable source.

The WET Center is a multi-purpose resource that is available for use by UMass and non-UMass researchers. It is located on the western edge of the Amherst campus, immediately adjacent to the Town of Amherst's wastewater treatment plant.

It includes the UMass Water and Wastewater Pilot Plant, the Mill River Monitoring Facility, and it is the home of the UMass Mobile Water Innovation Laboratory.