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$40 million addition to wastewater plant will reduce phosphorus run-off

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Metro Sewerage District unveils cutting-edge technology to reduce phosphorus levels in area lakes.

The $40 million addition at the Nine Springs Wastewater treatment plant is one of just a few in the country.
   
It will help keep phosphorus out of waterways, by turning it into fertilizer pellets that can be used for gardening, landscaping, or composting.

Michael Mucha is the Sewerage District Chief Engineer and says, "Being a resource recovery facility, were taking a product that's waste, and turing it into a valuable resource that we actually make money on, at $336 a ton, we produce one ton a day right now, which is good, it's a new revenue stream for us."
  
The sewerage district says you can help reduce phosphorus loads too, by bagging grass clippings, leaves and other debris for proper recycling or composting.
   
There's an open house at the new facility off Fish Hatchery south of the beltline, on Wednesday.



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