New system conserves water

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Estimates reveal 12 million gallons of water will be saved annually

By Kirsten Laskey

A waste treatment plant is rarely a popular topic. After all, it’s not a pretty sight – from the gurgling, bubbling aeration basins to the slowly shifting clarifiers.
It’s a dirty business, but Los Alamos Wastewater Treatment Plant will soon feature an environmentally clean component through its new wash water system.
The wash water system will have the capability to recycle water and use the treated water for operations at the plant, said Clay Moseley,
Department of Public Utilities associated engineer and GIS services.
The wash water system will wash down screens and filters in the treatment plant as well as provide clarification.
The new system will save 12 million gallons of water a year.
The system, Julie-Williams-Hill, DPU public relations manager, said, will “help us conserve water and conserve energy.”
The New Mexico Environmental Department and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are funding the project, which cost $330,000. Moseley said the federal government made dollars available to different public works departments.
Moseley said the system is expected to be up and running in early December.

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