Caption: Methane storage tank at the Dayton Wastewater Treatment Plant in Dayton, Ohio
Methane storage tank at the Dayton Wastewater Treatment Plant in Dayton, Ohio 

Converting Methane to a Resuable gas

From: Joe Sampson
Length: 03:08

Most often, stimulus dollars are spent on roadways and buildings- larger projects that usually don’t pay for themselves. But, as W-M-U-B’s Josh Messerly reports one Ohio service department- which received federal funding- may have found a way to make money and be environmentally responsible at the same time. Read the full description.

Dscn0225_small Most often, stimulus dollars are spent on roadways and buildings that probably won’t pay for itself. But, as W-M-U-B’s Josh Messerly reports from Dayton, that city may have found a way to make some money and be environmentally responsible at the same time.  

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Most often, stimulus dollars are spent on roadways and buildings that probably won’t pay for itself. But, as W-M-U-B’s Josh Messerly reports from Dayton, that city may have found a way to make some money and be environmentally responsible at the same time.  

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YOU MAY NOT THINK ABOUT IT WHEN THE WATER LEAVES YOUR HOME…

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BUT THE WASTEWATER THAT LEAVES YOUR HOME MIGHT BE USED TO PRODUCE NATURAL GAS.

RIGHT NOW, THE CITY OF DAYTON TAKES SOLIDS OUT OF WASTEWATER AND DISPOSES IT INTO A DIGESTER PRODUCING METHANE GAS. THAT METHANE CAN BE USED TO POWER BACKUP GENERATORS AT THE CITY WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT. IN THE WINTER, THE GAS IS USED TO HEAT ALL OF THE BUILDINGS AT THE PLANT.
IN THE FALL OF TWENTY-TEN, THE TREATMENT PLANT WILL GET NEW EQUIPMENT TO PURIFY THE GAS. THE SCRUBBER WILL REDUCE THE DAMAGE TO GENERATORS AND HEATERS. ADDITIONALLY, BY REMOVING IMPURITIES FROM THE METHANE, THE CITY MAY BE ABLE TO PROLONG THE LIFE OF EQUIPMENT. DAYTON WASTEWATER TREATMENT ACTING DIRECTOR LALIT GUPTA.

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“Then if we cannot use the gas in the boilers or we cannot use the gas in engines, th...
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