Springdale Water, Sewer Commission Approves Fuel, Sludge Related Items

Approvals Could Save Money And Help Businesses

Posted: July 17, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

SPRINGDALE -- The city's Water and Sewer Commission approved two items at Wednesday's meeting that could help save money.

How Does It Work?

Sludge Drying Facilities

Sludge comes from a facility where sewage is treated to remove anything that can cause disease in humans. Sludge is mostly made up of human waste and solids left over after the treatment process is finished. The sludge can then be taken to a drying facility. Three methods can be used: direct heat uses fire; indirect thermal liquid, which works by flowing a liquid through a machine and controlling the temperature of the liquid; the third type uses chemicals.

Source: Heath Ward, Springdale Water Utilities

What Is It?

Compressed Natural Gas

Compressed natural gas is a fuel that can be used in vehicles. It is weighs less than gasoline or diesel, and burns cleaner by emitting less carbon dioxide. Vehicles that operate off this type of fuel are more expensive than their gasoline counterparts, but the fuel is cheaper than gasoline or diesel.

Source: Staff Report

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