July 9, 2007

Weyburn to use $100K GMF grant to study options for wastewater treatment upgrading

WEYBURN, SASK-The city of Weyburn has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Green Municipal Fund, the $550-million federal program run by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The grant will help the city examine wastewater treatment upgrade strategies to improve its lagoon effluent quality. The changes will help Weyburn meet more stringent future regulations that will control nitrogen, phosphorous, ammonia, biochemical oxygen demand, total suspended solids and total dissolved solids. The wastewater treatment upgrade options include constructed wetlands, effluent irrigation, and a combination of the two. The ultimate end users of the treated water may include a neighbouring tree nursery or nearby forage crop fields. The study will also examine the potential to use biomass as a fuel source, and will consider potential modifications to the existing system. These could include an increase in retention time in the storage cells during the summer months and segregation of the primary lagoon into two separate cells.

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