Getting Down and Dirty

October 8, 2009 at 1:33 am Leave a comment

Regional councillors discussed the good, bad and ugly at a meeting Tuesday.

They winced when told that communities up and down the Grand River spilled raw or partly-treated sewage into the watershed 136 times between 2002 and 2006. Regional facilities were responsible for 42 of these polluting events.

To improve sewage treatment, council plans to spend $29 million on a centrifuge to spin wet sludge around and around in Kitchener. This will help dry it out.

Sewage sludge, called cake, is more compact when dry, and easier to store. Fewer trucks will be needed to haul it to fields where it’s spread as fertilizer. It will also be easier to dump in the local landfill, which the region may start doing.

“It’s not a very sexy project, but a very necessary project,” said Coun. Jim Wideman, of Kitchener.

A similar centrifuge dries sludge in the Galt area of Cambridge. There’s one planned in Waterloo as well.

Why not install a biomass boiler instead of trucking this perfectly good biomass to a landfill?

Why not install a biomass boiler instead of trucking this perfectly good biomass to a landfill?

Source: TheRecord.com

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