Project timeline as of January 2023

Upcoming Construction Plans

  • Concrete for the cake storage and unloading foundation
  • Continue to form and place concrete for the solids building columns and walls.
  • Repair east holding tank upper walls and construct new roof.
  • Refurbish DAF 1 and 2 into the new sidestream treatment system.
  • Design completion.


Work Completed

August/September 2021

  • Asbestos removal from solids building incinerators.
  • Removal of the inner brick and asbestos layers in the incinerator smoke stake.
  • Trailer park (lay down area).
  • Temporary belt filter presses (BFP) hooked up and running.
  • Temporary solids rerouting from DAF 3 to the temporary BFPs.
  • Temporary power has been rerouted to the Administration Building.
  • Selective demolition has started on the Solids Building.
  • The pad has been poured for the radio tower control building.
  • The radio tower has been erected.

October 2021

  • The smoke stack is gone!
  • Boilers to provide heat to the Admin Building were installed just in time for winter.
  • Concrete pads for temporary dewatering facility were installed.

November/December 2021

  • Temporary building placed around the relocated and refurbished belt presses.
  • Solids Building demolition continues with sorting debris and hauling off site to be recycled.
  • Demolition of gas storage tank cover and mechanisms for possible reuse for equalization in new sidestream treatment process.
  • Temporary facilities installed for digester microaeration pilot.
  • New boiler system installed to provide heat to the Admin Building.
  • Installed test piles to evaluate foundation requirements for new Solids Building.

January 2022

  • Digester feed switched from east holding tank to DAF 3.
  • East holding tank cleaning has started in preparation for modifications.
  • Building demolished and cleanup wrapping up.

February/March 2022

  • The east holding tank has been cleaned out.
  • Selective demolition has been completed in DAF 1 and DAF 2.

April/May 2022

  • Helical pile installation in the truck loadout area.
  • Helical pile caps in the Biosolids basement.
  • Shoring in East Holding Tank in preparation for roof demolition.

June/July 2022

  • North and south shear walls to include shoring and decks above the solids building basement.
  • Pile cap installation for the polymer tanks on the operations floor level.
  • Wet well overflow piping installed underground from the existing vault to the wet well riser locations.

August-November 2022

  • Solids building ground floor suspended slab.
  • East holding tank roof demolition.
  • Sludge wet well base slab and walls.
  • Thermal Hydrolysis Process (THP) structural slab on grade.
  • North parking lot.
  • Cambi equipment arrived for the THP system.
  • Foundation work began for the cake storage and unloading structure.

January 2023

  • Procured additional ductile iron piping and other mechanical items, procured the bridge crane, additional Pre-Engineered Metal Building component and Vaughan chopper pumps and mixing systems.
  • Formed and poured additional Operating Floor columns and walls.
  • Worked on install drain piping at the Biosolids Building basement and Operating Floor.
  • Continued electrical rough-in at the Cambi equipment and continued forming and rebar installation at the East Holding Tank ring beams.
  • Completed the underslab drainage piping from the Cake Loadout area.
  • Completed additional demo at the Holding Tank Room.
  • Worked on removing the existing equipment from DAF 1 & 2.

Blue River Biosolids Facility 2022 Year in Review

It has been a productive year at KC Water’s Blue River Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Crews have been hard at work at the Blue River Biosolids Facility to keep this massive plant upgrade on time and on budget. Take a look at the progress made throughout 2022.

The THP has landed

Election Week 2022 was exciting for Kansas City! During this time, a milestone was reached with the arrival of the Thermal Hydrolysis Process (THP) equipment from Cambi. Whether you were focused on what was on the ballot or the pallet, the week was one to remember.

KC Water hosts tour at future biosolids facility site for local and congressional leaders

On August 17, representatives from congressional offices, US Water Alliance Chief Executive Officer Mami Hara, Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 Water Division Director Jeff Robichaud, and Mayor Quinton Lucas visited the biosolids facility site for a brief program followed by a short walking tour of the site to see the importance and need for federal infrastructure investments.