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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.


Greater Avenues Community Council: January 2023

The City Creek Water Treatment Plant Upgrades project team presented at the Greater Avenues Community Council (GACC) in January of 2023 and included a quick bit about the latest project updates in their monthly newsletter.

Visit the Public Involvement tab to view the full presentation under the "Public Involvement Resources" section.

Click the image to learn more about what was shared at the meeting!

 A photograph of the conference room inside the Jack and Corinne Sweet Branch Library from the Greater Avenues Community Council January meeting. The conference room hosts about 20 people in black chairs watching a male speaker in a white sweater present information beside a monitor. Colorful images of Utah hang on the walls and the listeners look attentively towards the front of the room.
A screenshot of the linked document includes a brief description of the project team's purpose for attending the Greater Avenues Community Council Meeting, an image of the digital newsletter blurb that GACC published, another photograph from the council meeting in January (taken from the back of the conference room, where attendees are attentively listening and watching a male speaker in a white shirt present information beside a monitor), and another photo of the project team that shows two men and two women seated and smiling at the camera from the conference room seats.

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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