Officials in DuPage County, Illinois, have officially opened a new wastewater treatment facility that is expected to be highly efficient and cost-effective. The plant is a first for Illinois in terms of the technology it uses, the Sun Times reported.
The facility is located at the Woodridge Greene Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant and it operates 24/7. The technology is simple but highly efficient, as it uses the force of gravity to separate liquid waste from solid waste and allow further processing.
Until now, municipalities have had to remove solid waste from stormwater sewers, dry it and then take it to landfill in their own manner of managing the problem. Officials say that this process is time-consuming and not always efficient for separation. Thanks to the new facility, this separation is no longer required and municipal trucks can dump waste as it is collected from sewer systems. The plant has a slanted driveway, accommodating four trucks at once, allowing liquids to run off into a separate system for treatment. Meanwhile, the solid parts are left to dry before being taken to the landfill.
Although county officials have not released estimates of how much the new facility will save, the benefits will be significant. Woodridge Mayor Gina Cunningham-Picek believes that in her village alone at least $10,000 per year could be saved. It is a simple concept that will save everybody's money, officials commented.