Over the last three years, the wastewater treatment plant has received more than $28 million in funding from state, county and federal sources for research projects and upgrades that will allow the facility to reduce energy expenditures by 15 and reduce air emissions related to stand-by power generation by about 80 percent, according to Hans Medlarz, director of Kent County Public Works Department, which oversees the only wastewater treatment plant in Kent County.
The nearly 25-year-old blowers, which Medlarz
described as "vintage," will be replaced with equipment that has been on the market for about five or six years, he
said, and will eliminate vibration and friction issues that increase energy consumption.
"The $5 million from the federal government is the last piece of the puzzle," he said July 2, when Delaware's U.S. senators joined county and federal officials in announcing the funding.
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