Current Projects

The Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility (LRWWU) funds operations, maintenance and capital improvement projects through local funding sources from the City of Lowell and surrounding municipalites. Additional funding from state and federal agencies such as the State Revolving Funds (SRF) are also leveraged for some key projects. To learn more about the SRF system and how these funds are leveraged to improve community health and environment, click here.

Remote Facilities Phase 2B Upgrades

 
Remote Upgrades
Flow control structures, such as this channel at Beaver Brook diversion station, enable automated
regulation of flow to the Duck Island treatment facility, helping to store high-flows during wet weather
for later treatment, reducing CSO discharge volumes. Critical upgrades are underway to safeguard this
vital infrastructure.

Construction of the multiple remote facilities throughout Lowell, MA is financed by the City of Lowell, through the Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility (LRWWU), and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). The CWSRF program is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection with joint funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

This project includes the rehabilitation of 15 existing pump stations/diversion stations throughout the City. Rehabilitation work includes selective upgrades to existing HVAC, process and electrical systems, installation of remote communications equipment, and repairs to existing building exteriors. This project will reduce discharges of untreated sewage into the Merrimack River, thus improving our community and enhancing water quality in the Merrimack River.

Expected completion date: December 2019

Duck Island Wastewater Treatment Facility Phase 2B Upgrades


Primary Clarifier
Primary clarifiers slow the flow of water down so that solids settle to the bottom and cleaner water flows
over the top weir for further treatment in downstream processes.


Construction of the upgrades to the Duck Island Wastewater Treatment Facility (DI-WWTF) at 451 First Street Boulevard (Route 110) in Lowell, MA is financed by the City of Lowell, through the Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility (LRWWU), and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). The CWSRF program is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection with joint funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 


The Phase 2B upgrades to the DI-WWTF include upgrades to primary and secondary clarification systems, aeration performance and process control, solids handling and electrical improvements. These are the second round of many improvements underway over the coming years designed to help improve operational stability and decrease maintenance burdens, including a significant increase to high-flow, wet-weather treatment capacity and thus a decrease in combined sewer overflows (CSO).  This project will reduce discharges of untreated sewage into the Merrimack River, thus improving our community and enhancing water quality in the Merrimack River.

Expected completion date: December 2019

Duck Island Wastewater Treatment Facility Phase 2A Upgrades


Screw Pump
Screw pumps lift incoming sewage flows to the start of the treatment system at Duck Island WWTF.

Construction of the upgrades to the Duck Island Wastewater Treatment Facility (DI-WWTF) at 451 First Street Boulevard (Route 110) in Lowell, MA is financed by the City of Lowell, through the Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility (LRWWU), and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). The CWSRF program is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection with joint funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 


The Phase 2A upgrades to the DI-WWTF will be the first round of many improvements underway over the coming years designed to help improve operational stability and decrease maintenance burdens, including a significant increase to high-flow, wet-weather treatment capacity and thus a decrease in combined sewer overflows (CSO).  This project will reduce discharges of untreated sewage into the Merrimack River, thus improving our community and enhancing water quality in the Merrimack River.

Expected completion date: December 2018

Read-West Pumping and Storage Project: Completed in August 2018

Read-West Upgrades

West Flood Pump Station on VFW Highway, March 2017

Construction of the Read-West Pumping and Storage Project in the Centralville section of Lowell, MA is financed by the City of Lowell, through the Lowell Regional Wastewater Utility (LRWWU), and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). The CWSRF program is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection with joint funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

This project will restore West Flood Pump Station, a component of Lowell’s local flood-damage reduction system, and add inline storage of wastewater and stormwater at Read Station. This project will provide better flood protection in the Centralville neighborhood and reduce discharges of untreated sewage into the Merrimack River, thus improving our community and enhancing water quality in the Merrimack River.