Sewer Enhancements Begin Today

February 10, 2005
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GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell today will “throw a switch” to turn on the metro area’s new ultraviolet disinfection process for the area’s sewer system.

The ceremony takes place at 10 a.m., today, at the Grand Rapids Wastewater Treatment Plant, 1300 Market Ave. SW.

The system uses UV light to destroy bacteria, viruses and other organisms in the treated wastewater before it is discharged into the Grand River.

City officials say the new system is environmentally friendly, easier and less expensive to operate and replaces chlorine and sulfur dioxide, which required the use, handling and storage of toxic chemicals.          

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