WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The West Lafayette Wastewater Treatment Plant is working to improve its operations.
This comes after a $60,000 matching grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
The grant will help increase the amount of food-waste the digesters take in. The waste from the machines helps create renewable energy for the plant and it goes to local farmers to use as fertilizer.
Utility Director Dave Henderson said these funds will help them use their resources wisely.
“Every time that we find a new way to reduce the electricity that we need or to increase what we're producing,” said Henderson. “We're reducing emissions that are responsible for the energy generation that we would have to purchase otherwise.”
Dave Henderson said improving their operations can have a positive ripple effect in the community.
“This is green energy, this is something that we're producing here so everything that we could do to improve upon that, help keep food waste out of a landfill and putting it somewhere where it's put to use beneficially. It's great for us, it's great for the community,” said Henderson.
This is the second grant the facility has received this month. Both projects will begin early next year.