Device to ‘sweeten’ sewage OK’d |

Device to ‘sweeten’ sewage OK’d

Nevada County supervisors Tuesday approved the purchase of a $270,000 device which should make things smell sweeter at the county’s sewage plant near Lake Wildwood.

Supervisors unanimously voted to buy a sludge centrifuge, a drum-shaped device that spins around to squeeze water out of sewage sludge the same way a washing machine on spin cycle wrings water from clothes.

It will replace solar sludge drying beds, a more odoriferous process, in which sludge dries in the sun.

During public comment, Marguerite Leipzig, a member of the citizens’ advisory committee which helps oversee county sewage operations, wanted to make clear that the $270,000 came from rates paid by the Lake Wildwood sewage plant’s customers.

“I just want to make it perfectly clear these are not county funds,” said Leipzig, who is also president of the board of directors for Lake Wildwood, a gated community in Penn Valley.

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