Pennsylvania ski resort to use wastewater for snow

Nov. 19, 2013

MACUNGIE, Pa. — The Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center will be the third ski resort in the state to recycle wastewater in this way.

MACUNGIE, Pa. — Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center in Pennsylvania will soon be the third ski area in the state and one of only a handful in the country to use highly treated liquid effluent to make snow, according to an article by The Morning Call.

The ski area received a permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to implement the plan before the 2014-15 ski season, the article reported.

According to the article, Bear Creek has invested nearly $800,000 since 1999 building its own wastewater treatment plant and water recycling infrastructure to serve its 116-room hotel.

The reclaimed wastewater will be mixed 1:10 with runoff water and undergo an additional ultraviolet treatment step, the article noted.

The extra equipment and engineering to enact this plan will cost the resort around $70,000, according to the article.

Read the full article here.