DC Water Plant Tour

As part of the symposium, attendees will have the option of attending a Tour of DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant.  

DC Water Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant

The tour takes place the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018 and requires prior-sign-up.  Transportation to/from the hotel is provided. The bus will leave and return from the hotel lobby.  Specific times for departing and returning will be provided here soon.

Invitations will be sent to registered symposium attendees 3 weeks prior to the tour. Space on the tour is limited, and attendees must sign-up beforehand.  Tour participants will need to bring their driver’s licenses, state ID or passport to gain entry to the plant.

Inquiries about the tour can be sent to our symposium tour coordinator Patrick Cooke (pat.cooke@trihedral.com).

ISA symposium attendees are invited to attend the tour of DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, the largest plant of its kind in the world. On an average day, the facility treats close to 300 million gallons of wastewater and has the ability to treat over 1 billion gallons a day at peak flow. Wastewater flows in from the District of Columbia and from Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland and Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia.

The plant opened as a primary treatment facility in 1937. Since that time, new processes and technologies have been added to provide advanced wastewater treatment. The Blue Plains facility now uses both primary and secondary treatment as well as denitrification, multimedia filtration and chlorination/dechlorination during the treatment process.



Jaime Alba is a Senior Process Control Engineer at DC Water with 15 years of experience in project management, business development, design, implementation, commissioning, start-up, and maintenance of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems and Distributed Control Systems (DCS), in the Water/Wastewater industry, both within the USA and overseas. Additionally, with experience in the development, enhancement, and implementation of the plant-wide reliability program (criticality, PMO, ODR, and RCM, amongst others). Mr. Alba holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering as well as a Master of Science’s degree in Aerospace Engineering where he specialized in control theory.


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