D.C. Water gets power from waste

By Andrew Mollenbeck, WTOP.

WASHINGTON — One man’s sewage is another man’s power supply.

D.C. Water has started turning waste water into an energy source that supplies power to one-third of its Blue Plains plant.

The $470 million waste-to-energy project is the first of its kind in North America. The scale of its thermal hydrolysis installation is unmatched in the world.

“We’re going to generate … a permanent, clean energy that reduces our carbon footprint by a third,” exclaimed D.C. Water General Manager George Hawkins.