Turning Sludge into Dollars

Utilities and water treatment facilities have begun to explore technologies designed to help extract the value from wastewater sludge. Treatment and handling of sludge can represent between 20% and 50% of a wastewater treatment facility's costs, which has fueled interest in technologies that extract energy, minerals or other materials from sludge to either help offset treatment costs or even turn a profit.  As these technologies mature, the market opportunity for resource recovery will grow from $25 billion today to $45 billion in 2020, according to a new Lux Research report titled "Technologies Turn Waste into Profit."

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