The City of Lake Stevens celebrated the opening of a new decant facility the last week of April. The facility protects the environment by processing and disposing of pollutants from sewers, stormwater drains, and other utility projects. It also saves utility ratepayers money and reduces the City’s overall carbon footprint.
A decant facility removes pollutants such as oil, gasoline, and heavy metals from liquid or solid waste. Pollutants are filtered out, then dried and disposed of as solid waste. A byproduct of the process is clean topsoil that can be used in other projects. A local facility also allows for more efficient operation of the stormwater and sewer systems. The ability to process waste locally means utility crews can increase maintenance to prevent backups or spills associated with plugged lines or basins.
Read more information on the decant facility in the City's news release here.