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Yakima Wastewater Treatment Plant Gets 5 Million Dollar Loan

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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 line.

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.

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