New technology helps businesses and environment
By Ashley McKnight-Taylor
A Suffolk wastewater treatment plant recently participated in a pilot study to find ways to recycle more waste material and create an environmentally-friendly fertilizer.
The Hampton Roads Sanitation District’s Nansemond wastewater treatment plant off College Drive in North Suffolk teamed up with Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc., of Vancouver, British Columbia, to test a new technology that convers phosphorus and nitrogen from wastewater to create a new fertilizer.
The experiment began in October and finished in March. William Balzer, plant manager, said it worked as it was supposed to from day one, creating perfect little pellets of fertilizer.
“It’s an innovated technology. It’s so simple, it’s almost stupid, but it’s not,” he said.
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