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Texas wastewater treatment plant turns sewage into drinking water

The $13 million plant in Big Spring mixes sewage that has been treated to drinking-water standards with treated water from lakes.
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New facility turns wastewater into biofuel

Renewable energy company BlackGold Biofuels has opened a first-of-its-kind recycling facility in Charlotte, N.C., that turns wastewater into fuel.
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Work in Wisconsin demonstrates viability of waste-to-energy projects

Many states have programs; use reduces cost and liability
High-strength wastes — characterized by elevated levels of organics in wastewater as measured by biological oxygen demand, total suspended solids and oil & grease — are increasingly difficult and costly to manage.
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Los Angeles looks to rainwater catchment to curb pollution

Officials hope that these projects would keep runoff pollution out of waterways and help bolster groundwater supplies, which could be used for drinking water.
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University of Texas and Austin Water collaborate on water reclamation project

The new network of pipes connects the university's chilling stations to Austin Water's reclaimed water distribution system. This enables campus buildings to use reclaimed wastewater instead of potable water for cooling systems.
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Minnesota poultry processor awarded clean water prize

One of the biggest chicken producers in the Midwest, GNP Co., has been awarded the 2013 Clean Water Award by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association in recognition of the water conservation efforts it has made in its chicken processing plant in Minnesota.
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Nearly 60% of EU's waste ends up in incinerators, landfills

As much as 60% of municipal waste in the European Union still ends up in landfills or incinerators, a new report has claimed, highlighting the need for new measures to encourage the reuse of materials and reduce wasteful consumption.
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Vancouver utility center supplies heat from sewage

The city of Vancouver is using innovative technology that takes heat from Vancouver's sewage and uses it to heat the neighborhood, spanning 250,000 square meters.
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US scientists look to turn algae into biofuel

Researchers at the University of Toledo, Ohio, are looking into ways to turn the abundant toxic algae in Lake Erie into fuel, hoping to develop a sustainable method for cleaning the water in the lake and producing energy.
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Innovations in continuous drum processing of pasta, rice and vegetables

Overflow water heat energy captured; mid-process quench cycle introduced prior to chilling
Amidst efforts to reduce costs while improving sustainability, one critical objective for food processors is less energy and water consumption. Implementing energy- and water-efficient practices and technologies should be a senior management priority in food manufacturing plants.
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