Planning for Boise's Water Future


Open Houses

The City is hosting four public open houses to educate community members on potential renewable water solutions for our future and gather feedback. All are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend the in-person meetings, the City will also host a live town hall event on Facebook.

Dates and Locations

  • TUESDAY, OCT. 17 | Library at Collister
    6-7:30 p.m.

  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18 | Facebook Live
    11-11:30 a.m.

  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18 | Library at Bown Crossing
    6-7:30 p.m.

  • THURSDAY, OCT. 19 | Library at Hillcrest
    6-7:30 p.m.

  • TUESDAY, OCT. 24 | Library at Cole & Ustick
    6-7:30 p.m.

Boise’s path forward - managing the most precious resource

From the river, to our homes and offices, water plays many roles in our community. Water powers Boise’s industry and allows us to attract and retain businesses. Clean water keeps our community safe and makes Boise an attractive place to live. Water also plays an equally important role in our personal lives.

What happens to water when you're done using it?

Water doesn’t just travel through your pipes and disappear. When you’re done using it, its journey is just beginning. The city has over 900 miles of pipe running throughout the community. If you laid all the pipe out in a straight line, it would stretch from Boise to San Diego. All that pipe carries water and other resources from homes and businesses to the city’s two water renewal facilities. At these facilities, the water goes through an extensive, multi-step process to ensure it is safe and clean before being put into the river. The clean and healthy Boise River we all know and love is directly tied to how we renew the water we use.

Assuring water is thoroughly cleaned before it returns to the Boise River is paramount. Yet simply cleaning the water is a missed opportunity. Used water is rich in valuable and untapped products. Did you know we can harvest minerals to produce fertilizer, capture natural gas to produce energy, and utilize carbon and nutrients from biosolids to help grow crops? These are just a few examples of what is possible, and the future is filled with undiscovered ways to harness more energy, extract more resources, and significantly increase efficiency. The extent to which we take advantage of these opportunities is up to us

Who Cleans All That Water?

Within the City of Boise’s Public Works Department, Water Renewal Services cleans every drop of used water before it is released into the Boise River. Every day, Water Renewal Services protects the Boise River, the residents who enjoy it, and the plants and animals who call it home. Water Renewal Services preserves the health and safety of our community, allows Boise businesses to thrive, and turns materials once thought of as waste into valuable products.

Why Do We Need to Plan For the Future?

The city, along with residents and partners, are planning for Boise’s water future by developing an innovative long-range plan that will balance Boise’s environmental, financial and community needs. The Water Renewal Services Facility Plan will identify the best way for Boise to recover potential resources – including water, energy, and fertilizer. It will also identify the highest value use of recovered products and a sustainable strategy for the city to get there.

What's Next?

The City of Boise has made and will continue to make significant investments in used water collection, management and reuse.  Currently, we are developing an updated comprehensive plan to proactively look at the needs of our community’s future growth.  The plan will create a roadmap outlining how we direct future investments over the next 30 years. The city is hosting a series of community workshops to gather input on how tobalance Boise’s financial, environmental, and community needs and answer questions.