8. The Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is an Award Winning Facility
The Newtown Creek Digester Eggs, part of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, are located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and is New York City’s largest wastewater treatment plant. The Department of Environmental Protection designed the digester eggs and the surrounding architectural features with help from world-class architects led by Polshek Partnership, designers, engineers and a volunteer oversight committee called the Newtown Creek Monitoring Committee. The eggs have the capability to process between 1.3 to 1.5 million gallons of sludge a day. The sludge is then converted into reusable energy and gas while the Department of Sanitation ships the remaining sludge off to be processed at various landfills.
The Newtown Creek project was a collaboration between the community, architects and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and is upheld as an example of collective planning at its best. As testament, the New York City Arts Commission awarded the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant with two honors for Excellence in Design. Visitors are welcome to tour the Digester Eggs