Inspiring and engaging individuals to take greater responsibility for their community and the environment.
Durham sits on a ridge line that generally runs along Pettigrew Street and the railroad track. Ridge lines and topography determine drainage areas and due to this factor, we have 2 water reclamation facilities (WRFs) serving the city and a significant portion of Durham County. The North Durham WRF on East Club Boulevard has a permitted capacity of 20 million gallons a day (MGD) and discharges into Ellerbe Creek in the Neuse basin. The South Durham WRF, located on Farrington Road near Highway 54, has a permitted capacity of 20 MGD and discharges into the upper arm of New Hope Creek in the Cape Fear basin. Although the facilities have a combined capacity of 40 MGD, they are currently running at about 50% of capacity. Visit a wastewater (reclamation) facility to see how “waste” water is treated before it is returned back to the natural environment. Tour either of Durham’s two wastewater plants year-round. Please complete the Tour Request form to join a tour during creek week. (Due to extensive construction activities, tours of our drinking water plants are suspended.)