Grand Rapids renames wastewater treatment plant

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Officials in Grand Rapids say a new name for the city’s wastewater treatment plant is a testament to the power of words.

The Grand Rapids City Commission on Tuesday approved changing the name of the Wastewater Treatment Facility to the Water Resource Recovery Facility. Officials say the new name better represents the plant’s growing focus on energy efficiency and other sustainability practices.

Mayor George Heartwell says in a statement that: “Words are powerful, and the new name recognizes Grand Rapids as a leader in preserving the environment.”

The plant already uses energy recovery to heat and cool an administration building. A solar power project is planned to provide renewable energy.

Built in 1930 and expanded over the years, the plant serves 11 communities within a 125-square-mile area of western Michigan. The plant is located at 1300 Market SW.

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  • Fidel Sarcastro

    Of course this name change cost taxpayers nothing and will directly render the facility’s operations more efficient and cost-effective. Right?

    What??? You mean the city now has to pay to have everything associated with the facility changed to reflect the new name, and the only reason it is changing the name is to present a more PC image?

    I want to know, I DEMAND to know, EXACTLY how much of OUR money the city has just wasted on this!
    I want to know because the next time they say they can’t afford something (like fixing the roads) I want to be able to point to this.
    This is an indefensible, reprehensible action!

    • David

      One more reason why I left Grand Rapids for the burbs…the corruption and abuse of public trust. The relationship between GR city leaders and the public IS an abusive one, too. It has every single hallmark of an abusive spousal relationship. Every last one.