The new clean water technology being used at the Kandiyohi County landfill is off and running. In front of a standing-room-only crowd at the landfill on Monday, October 12, 2015, representatives from Apex Efficiency Solutions, SBC, the county, and Clark Engineering/Clark Technology helped launch the leachate technology.
Here is how it works. Leachate (water that seeps through the landfill and becomes toxic) is collected at the landfill. Then the technology takes the leachate and cleans it. The water on the final end of the filtration process meets National Drinking Water Standards. The pollutants collected in the filtration process are reinserted into the landfill. Before launching this technology, the leachate was trucked to a waste water treatment plant to be diluted and discarded. See infographic below.
“It’s amazing,” Larry Kleindl, Kandiyohi County Administrator told the West Central Tribune on Monday. “It looks like coffee going in and it comes out as clean water as you can get.” At the event, Kazem Oskoui, of Clark Technology, described the filtration system to KWLM radio that it works like a big kidney filtering waste out of the human body.
State Senator Lyle Koenen (District 17) and State Representative Dave Baker (District 17B) were in attendance and very impressed with the county’s innovative steps and being the first in the country to use this technology.
Apex Efficiency Solutions, SBC, oversaw the project which took about a year to complete and wrapped up in August. Greg Ackerson, CEO of Apex, is proud of the stewardship to the environment and to the taxpayers with this project. “We are no longer discharging pollutants to be diluted and released into the watershed,” Ackerson explained to the West Central Tribune. “Now we are containing them and keeping them here permanently and protecting future generations from the pollutants and other things that were going into the environment.”
Previous to this new technology, the county paid $200,000/year to truck the leachate to the waste water treatment plant. Now, Kleindl says, they will put that money toward the bond for the project. “Once it’s paid off, it will be cash flowing,” Kleindl says. On Thursday, October 15th, the West Central Tribune’s editorial department hailed the county for stepping up for the environment. ” Kandiyohi County officials did their research, made a wise decision, invested in new technology to treat the leachate and helped protect the environment for coming generations,” the opinion staff wrote.