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Project Overview

An image of the City Creek Water Treatment Plant, with trucks parked in front of the building and City Creek Canyon's surrounding mountain in view.

Why Do We Need to Upgrade the Water Treatment Plant?


The City Creek Water Treatment Plant (CCWTP) was the first municipal water treatment plant built in the State of Utah. Originally designed in 1953 and brought online in 1955, the plant has been an integral component of Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities’ (SLCDPU) drinking water supply for over 65 years.


Aged infrastructure has resulted in several structural and mechanical deficiencies that must be addressed to restore the resiliency and reliability needed for this critical water supply.

Project Steps and Schedule


As part of the decision to upgrade the treatment plant, it was determined the plant would be rebuilt in phases and rolled out as separate steps, which allows the plant to continue to treat drinking water during the design and construction processes.


With the award of FEMA BRIC funding* SLCDPU is able to accelerate the project schedule.

See the Schedule below for more details.

Graphic depicting reducing risk from earthquakes, floods, landslides, wildfires, drought, and severe weather.
Chart outlining City Creek Water Treatment Plant project schedule.


"Ensuring resiliencies for all the services we provide at Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities is a top priority."

Public Utilities ensures resiliency through four strategies, each interconnected with one another to enable any function done by the department is focused, direct, and intentional. 

Stewardship of natural systems and resources

A healthy environment is the underpinning of our ability to be resilient. Multiple programs and initiatives with partners at all levels are heavily focused on environmental stewardship. 

Risk assessment and planning 

Public Utilities is constantly monitoring risks and is prepared to implement plans to mitigate them. The emergency management plan, and climate assessment are just two of the processes used to constantly mitigate and plan for risk. 

Strategic asset management 

Infrastructure operated by Public Utilities faces challenges associated with deterioration, growth, and climate change. To properly maintain this critical infrastructure our teams assess the condition of the infrastructure assets. These assessments help define actions to repair, replace, and support resiliency. 

Organizational health

Organizational health, along with financial health is fundamental to resilience. The leadership team regularly strategizes organizational health, making changes where needed to maintain strong vision, mission alignment, and culture. 

Laura Briefer
Director, Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities

What is BRIC Funding?

BRIC, or Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities, is a FEMA grant program that allows states, communities, tribes, and territories to request funding for “hazard mitigation projects that aim to reduce the risk from disasters and natural hazards” ( 

Considering the importance of the City Creek Water Treatment Plant and Utah’s unique position as the fastest-growing state in the nation with over 99.9% of the state in extreme drought, SLCDPU applied for and was awarded the $36.7 mil BRIC grant to address CCWTP deficiencies and to reduce the amount of the costs covered by the rate payers by up to 70%!

The City Creek Water Treatment Plant Resilient Water Quality and Supply Project reduces risks associated with multiple hazards, increases resiliency to climate change and emerging issues, and replaces key treatment processes to ensure continued production of clean drinking water for the communities that it serves. BRIC funding allows the CCWTP project team to utilize more resources more efficiently as the project moves into its construction phase. These improvements will help ensure the continued delivery of high-quality drinking water and required fire flow (supply and pressure) for the service area.

Click here to learn more about BRIC funding.

Laura Briefer, the director of Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities, wears a navy blue dress outdoors in the summer and is speaking into a microphone behind a square podium. A sign below the podium stretches across a table and reads, "Congratulations 2022 BRIC Grant Recipients: Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities." There are three men seated to the right of Briefer, and another man standing on her left to interpret her speech into ASL.

Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities Director, Laura Briefer, at a FEMA press conference in Provo City on August 29, 2022. The purpose of the event was to congratulate the three Utah based recipients of BRIC grants, which combined received over $100 million in BRIC funding.

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