Living Green

Feb 3, 2010 9:43 PM by Ariel Wesler

New county sanitation system saves thousands on utilities

A sanitation plant in Oceano is going green, saving San Luis Obispo County thousands of dollars.

A new system installed at the water pollution control plant will recycle the methane gas generated by the facility.

It will turn that gas into both electrical energy and heat for the boilers. Besides being environmentally friendly, the system will also lower the plant's overall operating costs.

"We will be going from roughly $17,000 a month in utility costs down to less than $7,000 and it's all as a result of recycling energy that the plant normally produces," said Tony Ferrara, Board Chair of the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District.

County officials say they plan to use that savings to focus on other important aspects of the facility.

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