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Posted on: May 7, 2021

High-tech sludge dryer up and running

Gryphon Drying System input

The City's high-tech poop dryer is up and running at the Lower Creek wastewater treatment plant.

In the video below, Public Utilities Director Radford Thomas talks with Communication & Public Information Director Joshua Harris about how the sludge dryer turns wastewater sludge into a dry, ready-to-use fertilizer.

The City of Lenoir City Council approved the purchase of the Gryphon Dryer system in early 2019. After going through the dryer at ~300 degrees for about 30 minutes, the sludge from the City’s wastewater treatment plant is 99% dry, pasteurized, and free from bacteria. It’s a class-A product that can be put on hayfields or used as a soil amendment.

“We already have farmers calling and asking when they can get material,” Thomas said.

The dryer runs on natural gas and the final product is much cleaner and easier to handle than the previous treatment process, which used lime. The total project cost was $6.6 million and the City received a low-interest State Reserve loan to fund the project.

Related: High-tech sludge dryer coming to wastewater treatment plant, July 9, 2020

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