Water reclamation projects approved by Rapid City Public Works Committee

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The Rapid City Public Works Meeting approved several water reclamation projects.

The Rapid City Waste Water Treatment Plant recycles our most vital resource, water.

The plant converts wastewater so it can be reused for other purposes.

The committee approved the purchase of sludge polymer.

The city's wastewater superintendent says polymer thickens sludge, which reduces the amount of sludge we dispose of at the landfill.

Another approved project is replacing the ultraviolet disinfection system.

David VanCleave, water reclamation superintendent, City of Rapid City, says, "A critical system in our facility, which is our ultraviolet disinfection system. That system is used to remove the pathogens from the wastewater so that when we discharge into Rapid Creek during recreations periods in the summertime, that those pathogens are not contaminating the creek. And we're having mechanical problems with that particular switch and so that one we're looking to replace as well."

The Rapid City Council will look at the water reclamation items at the next council meeting on March 18.