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ABC Member D.C. Water begins harnessing electricity from every flush

ABC Member District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority or D.C. Water for short, which also treats sewage from much of the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs, recently became the first utility in North America to use a Norwegian thermal hydrolysis system to convert the sludge left over from treated sewage into electricity.

Yes, to put it bluntly, the city’s sewage treatment plant is turning poop into power.

In addition to DC Water, ABC members Cambi, HDR and CDM Smith are involved in this project.

(Photo Caption: The $470 million “Class A” Biosolids and Energy Facilities section at D.C. Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post))

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