YAKIMA, Wash.-- The city of Yakima is
making progress in their efforts to make the city's wastewater treatment plant
more cost effective.
The city council voted this week to
accept a five million dollar loan from the Department of Ecology.
That loan will help pay for upgrades to
the system that will allow them to separate methane gas from the wastewater
They'll use that methane gas to power a
bio waste dryer.
The new methane separator will save money
by using less power and the dryer will reduce the amount of solid waste the
city has to haul out every week.
"It's great to have... What I
call the capstone of our energy efficiency upgrade in our sights now,"
said Wastewater Utility Engineer Ryan Anderson.
Administrators at the treatment plant estimate the new equipment will
save hundreds of thousands of dollars once the upgrades are completed.