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8:25 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Work Begins On Wastewater Treatment Facility In Johnston

The wastewater coming out of the Central Landfill in Johnston should be a lot cleaner in years to come as a result of action taken Wednesday.  It's an ambitious plan to clean up the water that flows into Narragansett Bay.

Governor Lincoln Chafee and other dignitaries break ground on a new center that should help clean up the Narragansett Bay.
Governor Lincoln Chafee and other dignitaries break ground on a new center that should help clean up the Narragansett Bay.
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Using golden plated shovels, Governor Lincoln Chafee and other dignitaries broke ground on a 27-million dollar leachate pre-treatment plant at the Central Landfill in Johnston.  The project is aimed at removing nitrates from the polluted wastewater that emerges from the landfill. Michael O’Connell, director of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, said nitrogen causes algae blooms and the landfill’s currently  well over recommended nitrogen limits.

"Just as a reference point, we have in our normal nitrogen 600 parts per million and we have to get it down to 50 which will be the acceptable range so that’s the level of treatment we’re going to treat the nitrogen for so when it leaves here it’s at that acceptable level," said O'Connell.

The project is expected to employ 200 people.  Completion is scheduled for early 2015.

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