GIFFORD, Ill. (WCIA) – The village will be using a water treatment system no other town in the state has yet.
It will be using a bioreactor.
It’s a pile of wood chips, covered by dirt.
Those wood chips will help remove the nitrates found in wastewater, making it clean enough to flow back into the nearby creek.
The engineering consulting firm working on this says this could have huge implications.
“It’s a cost-effective solution for small communities. Nitrate removal is very difficult…very temperature-sensitive, and can be very costly,” said Nick Wagner, from MSA Professional Services.
Wagner said if this works well in Gifford, small towns all across the state would be able to make great use of this.