Lafayette looking to go green and save money at wastewater plant

The process takes waste and turns it into methane. Then, a generator turns that into power which is used at the plant.

Posted: Oct 1, 2019 11:54 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A move to save energy could help maintain wastewater rates in Lafayette.

Lafayette Renew is starting a co-digestion pilot study. The process takes waste and turns it into methane. Then, a generator turns that into power to use at the plant.

Director Brad Talley said the cost savings could help keep rates regulated for customers.

Right now, they're just trying to see if the benefit outweighs the cost to install the equipment needed.

"If this is something that's viable and efficient for the city then we can move forward with it," he said. "That would help create energy at the treatment plant and keep energy costs down." 

Talley said the pilot study should be done sometime next summer.

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