New filtering technology converts waste to fertilizer
ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR. CALLS DURHAM PLANT ONE OF THE ‘BEST OPERATED AND FUNCTIONING’ TREATMENT CENTERS IN THE U.S.
The Durham Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility has stepped to the front lines of the commercial sustainability movement with the unveiling of its new filtering technology that will recover phosphorus from waste and recycle it into sellable fertilizer.
The Durham facility, owned and operated by Clean Water Services, is the first in the world to use this technology in a full-scale commercial operation to treat 100 percent of its wastewater. It has signed a 15-year contract with the company that developed the system, Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc. from Vancouver, British Columbia.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., mayors from Beaverton, Tigard and Tualatin, and other local dignitaries and politicians were on hand on June 10 for the unveiling of the PEARL facility to showcase what many say is a bold step in an even-greener direction for Oregon and Washington County.