The grand opening of the Industrial Wastewater Reuse Utility was held at the Quincy Valley Business and Conference center on June 30.

Bob Davis from the Worley Group was the project manager for the city. He spoke during the ceremony of the years it took to bring this project to completion. He said that the project was first started in 2007, when Quincy’s first data center, Microsoft, came to town.

He also explained that the system has 80 pumps of all sizes and has a capacity of 2,500 gallons per minute.

City Administrator Pat Haley took time during the ceremony to thank not only those who saw the project through to the end, but also previous officials from the City of Quincy who had passed on the torch for the project to the current officials.

Haley also mentioned that the new Industrial Wastewater Reuse Utility was the only system of its kind in Washington State because of the unique needs of Quincy.

The reuse utility is needed because Quincy potable water is an all groundwater source that is high in hardness and high in silica. High water hardness and high silica can damage heat transfer equipment, impair the transfer of heat and use more potable water to make up for the issues it brings.

The reuse utility will avoid these issues and save an insurmountable number of gallons of potable water each year.

Representatives from different companies and organizations that were involved in the project were present such as Microsoft, the City of Quincy, the Port of Quincy and the Department of Ecology.

Some local politicians also were in attendance; Tom Dent, Judy Warnick, Alex Ybarra and Commissioner Cindy Carter.

Food at the event was catered by Cielo Town Bakery who provided mini versions of the items they sell in their bakery. There was also fruit provided by Christine Massey.

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