New Ground Broken in Wastewater Treatment

Sep 23, 2014

WJON News

ST. CLOUD — New technology in wastewater management has many people excited.

“This is a pretty historic day for this facility,” says Director of Public Services Patrick Shea.

A demonstration was held at the St. Cloud Wastewater Treatment Facility this (Tuesday) afternoon to talk about the latest break through.

Spectators had a chance to see and hear about Ostara’s new Resource Recover Pilot project.

Scott Schafer is with Advance and Environmental Services. He says it was a long process to get the end result.

“We used a biological method to re-ferment some of the waste, get it to re-release the phosphorus and get a good stream that we could blend,” says Schafer.

Ostara Regional Director Rich Schici says the project takes what is considered waste product and transforms it to a commercial grade fertilizer called Crystal Green.

“Crystal Green is a premium high quality fertilizer that is used on a variety of farms across North America,” says Schici.

Shea says St. Cloud continues to lead the way in sustainability in Minnesota with new ideas like this.

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