The Headwaters Utility Association (HUA) recently announced the opening of its groundbreaking wastewater treatment facility at the intersection of Interstate 90 and Highway 287.
Since its launch in March 2023, this fully operational facility has become the first of its kind in Montana to incorporate reclaimed water reuse as a key component of its innovative approach to wastewater treatment along with water conservation.
At the core of the treatment plant lies a modular and scalable Membrane BioReactor (MBR) system, which combines a microfiltration membrane unit with a suspended growth bioreactor. Widely adopted in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants across the nation, this cutting-edge technology ensures highly effective treatment while maximizing operational efficiency.
The HUA's MBR system surpasses conventional wastewater treatment methods and by doing so transforms wastewater into a reusable non-potable water source. This transformative process not only reduces environmental impact but also achieves remarkable water conservation. By reusing treated wastewater for irrigation, toilets, and fire suppression systems, the HUA is set to save tens of thousands of gallons of potable water per day. Additionally, the biological activated sludge generated during the treatment process is effectively pressed and repurposed as compost, resulting in a zero-waste system.
“By incorporating reclaimed water reuse, we are setting a new standard for environmental conservation and sustainable water use in Montana. We are excited about the positive impact our services will have on the local community and how it may influence future projects across our state. Our modular MBR system showcases our commitment to scalable and adaptable solutions. As the demand for sustainable wastewater treatment and water reuse grows, the Headwaters Utility Association is well- prepared to expand its operations and provide cutting-edge services to meet the evolving needs of our customers,” said David Sigler, President of the Headwaters Utility Association.
The HUA is proud to offer these advanced wastewater treatment and reclaimed water reuse services to Bridger Brewing Company, demonstrating the association's commitment to supporting local businesses. Additionally, the HUA will soon begin servicing the new Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) rest area, located near the intersection of I90 and Hwy 287. These services will make this rest area the first of its kind in Montana conserving thousands of gallons of fresh water and generating zero waste as it essentially operates on a closed loop system.
At present, the wastewater treatment facility operates at a fraction of its existing capacity and is easily expandable to accommodate future growth and any increasing demand for its services.
"Broadwater County is excited to be leading the way with the first of its kind wastewater treatment facility that includes a net zero wastewater discharge combined with reclaimed water re-use. This system is a testament to our hard-working, innovative Montana community, and expect it to be a catalyst for economic growth in south Broadwater County for years to come. Congratulations to the Headwaters Utility Association Team and thank you for all of your efforts,” Broadwater County Commissioner Darrel Folkvord said.