Wastewater Treatment

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The Town of Cary treats wastewater to a level that meets or exceeds regulatory requirements as cost-effectively as possible. The Town's two treatment plants have been renamed water reclamation facilities because in 2001, Cary became the first municipality in the state to conserve drinking water by pumping treated wastewater to designated homes for irrigation and to some businesses for irrigation, cooling, and industrial processes.

The treatment removes solids that are suspended in the wastewater as well as biological and chemical pollutants that consume oxygen. Nitrogen and phosphorous also are removed. Residues from the treatment process are biological solids that are further treated and recycled by applying them to fields. Tests that federal regulations require for the removal are performed at the North plant laboratory.

North Cary Water Reclamation Facility

In 2003, the North Cary plant was a national finalist in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Act Recognition Awards program in the Operations and Maintenance category. In 2012, the facility was awarded the NC AWWA/WEA Operations and Maintenance Excellence Award for the central region. In 2019, the facility was awarded the first Partnership for Clean Water’s Phase III Director’s award in the country by the AWWA as well as the Platinum NACWA award for outstanding wastewater treatment and regulatory compliance.

The North plant is a biological nutrient removal plant with filtration. After treatment, some water is piped to homes and businesses in the vicinity for reuse in irrigation, manufacturing processes and industrial cooling. Treatment capacity - 12 million gallons a day.

Paul Ray, Plant Manager
1900 Old Reedy Creek Road
Cary, NC 27512
Phone: (919) 677-0850
Fax: (919) 677-0920

South Cary Water Reclamation Facility

The South plant is a biological nutrient removal plant with filtration. After treatment, some water is piped for reuse in irrigation. Treatment capacity - 12.8 million gallons a day

Jarrod Buchanan, Plant Manager
4900 West Lake Road
Apex, NC 27502
Phone: (919) 779-0697
Fax: (919) 662-8118

Western Wake Regional Water Reclamation Facility

Cary and its neighbors are partners in the Western Wake Regional Wastewater Management Facilities project. It includes a new treatment plant, pumping stations and pipelines to discharge treated wastewater to the Cape Fear River basin.

Damon Forney, Plant Manager
3500 Reclamation Road 
New Hill, North Carolina 27562
Phone: (919) 535-5640
Fax: (919) 387-7594