Clean Water Thanks to the Lansing Wastewater Treatment Plant

By: Lori Dougovito
By: Lori Dougovito

It goes down the drain, eventually ending up in the Grand River, Lake Michigan and the Atlantic Ocean. But before we can use it again, water must be filtered, purified and tested at the Lansing Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Tom VanKuiken, Plant Operations Supervisor, says as the water goes into the plant it goes through several different processes. First it's screened to remove solids, sand and grit. Then, all of the organic material is collected, turned into sludge and processed biologically using bacteria.

Water is tested every step of the way and sent back out into the environment after the samples come back clean, meeting strict standards set by the state.


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