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Your Taxes Well-Spent at Sewage Plant

In an online story yesterday in the Arlington Sun Gazette, Scott McCaffrey reports:

"The county government’s Water Pollution Control Plant hit a new record low in releasing nitrogen back into the water stream in December – something hailed by the county manager as “a remarkable achievement.”

"The discharge rate of 0.54 milligrams of nitrogen per liter for the month was less than one-fifth the amount allowed under the facility’s operating permit, and was a fraction of the 19.6 milligrams per liter that was being released in the 1980s."

If you're new to Arlington, McCaffrey provides the historical context:

"The wastewater-treatment facility, located on South Glebe Road near Crystal City, has undergone a rehabilitation project costing nearly $570 million in recent years. While the plant is allowed to release nitrogen back into the water stream at a rate of 3 milligrams per liter, its releases throughout 2012 never exceeded 1 milligram, Donnellan said.

"The plant processes about 30 million gallons of wastewater per day, with about 80 percent coming from Arlington and the remainder from Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax County. The original facility dated to the 1930s."

So, kudos to management and staff of the sewage plant for a job well-done.


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