Des Moines to Build Phosphorus Recovery Facility
A $40 million phosphorus recovery facility will be constructed by the Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority (WRA), expected to be completed by 2025.
- WRA's staff developed and patented a new method that absorbs more phosphorus from wastewater.
- The facility will run an estimated three times more efficiently as compared to others that use more common techniques that involve chemicals.
- It will reduce phosphorus in water cleaned by the WRA by an estimated 80%.
- The removed phosphorus will be converted into pellets and sold to fertilizer markets, likely covering the cost of the plant's future operating costs.
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