The Town of Telluride operates and maintains the Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, collecting and treating wastewater from the town and nearby developments. The facility processes up to 2.1 million gallons of wastewater to levels which exceed state and federal standards.
The Town of Mountain Village contributes 35% of capital and operating expenses in exchange for 35% of treatment capacity. The treatment plant operates under the standards of the National Pollution Discharge Permit System administered by the State of Colorado. The biosolids (solids that remain after treatment) are transported 65 miles west to a land application site and incorporated into the soil as a fertilizer at an agronomic rate for beneficial use.