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Going Green at Blue Plains

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Basic wastewater treatment involves removing pathogens and waste from the water with aeration, separation, and filtration. But, this process requires plenty of energy and can still pose problems for the environment by outputting nutrient-rich effluent. Science News Writer Liz Pennisi goes to Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant, the largest consumer of electrical power in Washington D.C, to investigate the latest innovations in water treatment including advancements in energy efficiency and nutrient removal.

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