With the capacity to treat 370 million gallons of water per day, the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant is the largest in the world, and what it does with its waste is creating buzz around the world. The plant can now produce up to 10 megawatts of power from its waste – an amount of energy that could easily power thousands of homes.
Blue Plains is managed by the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) which provides drinking water, sewage collection and sewage treatment to the residents of the Washington D.C. metro area. More than ten years ago DC Water began planning for what is now considered to be one of the most sophisticated wastewater treatment plants in the world. The facility sets a new quality standard for water treatment while substantially reducing its carbon footprint.
The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program (JATC) celebrated the graduation of 110 apprentices and residential wireman on June 6, 2015. The graduates completed a rigorous electrical training program to become Journeyman Electricians.
Of the 110 graduates, 88 students graduated from the JATC’s five-year Inside Wireman apprenticeship program. Graduates from this program completed over 800 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 hours of supervised on-the-job training. In addition, two students graduated from the three-year Telecommunications program and became technicians. And lastly, 20 Residential Wireman completed the Residential program and were upgraded to Inside Electrical Journeyman.