Innovation at WSSC

There are always new and cool things happening at WSSC, especially when it comes to the tools and technology we use.

Poop to Power

Poop to Power

As funny as it sounds, we'll soon be turning poop to power. Our Bio-Energy Project at our Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility will create fuel from sewage. The energy from that fuel will be used to run the plant that cleans the wastewater. By turning poop to power, we'll also be helping to keep the air and our source water cleaner. The money we're spending to build this new bio-energy facility will save us more money in the future.

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Heat removes harmful bacteria and viruses from the water.

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Microbes eat the solids generating renewable fuel. This fuel provides power to run our treatment plant and is better for the environment.

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The rest of the water is squeezed out, leaving biosolids behind. These biosolids can help farms, forests and plants grow. Biosolids are the good stuff left over from the treatment process. Because they're full of nutrients, the biosolids make great fertilizer for plants.

Pipe Diver

Pipe DiverAnother cool tool we use is called a Pipe Diver, which like its name says, "dives" into and travels through the inside of our pipes. The robot-like tool can see inside and tell if the pipes are in need of repair. The sooner we know that information, the better, because it helps us know to repair or replace a pipe before it breaks.

Zinc-Coated Pipes

Zinc-Coated Pipes

Wood PipesWe need to be sure the pipes that deliver the water, and take away the wastewater from your home last a long time. That's why we're installing a special kind of iron pipe that will last for 100 years or more. Way back when WSSC first began, many of the pipes in the ground were made of wood. Now, pipes are made of concrete or iron. First sprayed with zinc coating, this pipe is then wrapped in an extra layer of protection to make it even more durable. We're proud to say that we're the first utility in the country to make this our standard pipe.