Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

From waste to energy

Chicago aims to convert sewage to natural gas

One of the massive, methane-producing digesters at the Calumet plant

MWRD

CityLab

The wastewater that flows through the world’s largest treatment plant every day in Chicago could produce enough energy to cut an annual $50 million electricity bill to zero. That’s if Metropolitan Water Reclamation District engineers can achieve their goal to become energy neutral by 2023. Slashing energy consumption and producing whatever remaining power it needs onsite would make the MWRD the largest treatment authority in the country to do so.

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Minn. governor will convene water quality summit

Star Tribune

Alarmed about the rising levels of contamination in Minnesota’s waterbodies Gov. Mark Dayton said he’ll convene a statewide water quality summit in February. The summit will include water quality experts, farmers, lawmakers, regulators, the business community, members of the public and local leaders. Dayton said the summit is not about laying blame but about finding solutions.

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Flint lead problems raised at EPA water hearing

Michigan Radio

Flint leaders want the U.S. EPA to strengthen its regulation of public drinking water systems. U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee, D-Flint, testified in front of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council. The Council is developing recommendations to the EPA about changes to its rule on lead in water. Kildee said the agency needs to make sure what happened in Flint never happens again.

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