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30 Sep. 13

Southerly Wastewater Treatment Center

For a long time, residents of Cuyahoga Heights complained about a burning coffee smell emanating from the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Center, which treats an average 125 million gallons of water used by more than 601,000 Greater Cleveland area residents per day.

Now, a $170 million renewable energy facility being built at Southerly has not only eliminated that offensive odor, but will generate electricity and devour fewer resources – all while burning waste. And Neptune Plumbing & Heating Co., has proven to be a vital part of the project’s development.

Neptune Plumbing & Heating Co. is involved in the construction and installation of the project’s sanitary and normal plumbing, including the toilet rooms and showers of an attached administration building, as well as storm piping, domestic water and natural gas systems. For water conservation, Neptune Plumbing & Heating Co. is installing a rain harvesting system that will reuse all storm water from roof drains – the gray water system – in the flushing process.

The Southerly plant project will reduce the carbon footprint of the state’s largest treatment plant by 16,200 metric tons and reduce natural gas consumption by at least 95% due to new incineration systems that limit the amount of biosolids delivered to landfills. Plus, the facility will use waste heat to generate 25% of the plant’s electrical needs, creating the opportunity to offset electricity purchases and save $1.3 to $2.3 million annually.

The project’s planning stipulated that at least 20% of the $93 million construction and installation contract would be committed to small businesses, benefiting firms like Neptune Plumbing – a small, family-owned business whose mission is “To be the standard by which all respectable plumbing contractors are measured.”

Proudly serving Northeast Ohio since 1957, Neptune Plumbing & Heating Co. will be able to call the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Center another successful job done upon the project’s completion in 2013.