sewage_plant-cclic-rjgalindo.jpgA British Columbia city is overcoming a water problem by getting the oil and gas industry to pay for its daily sewage treatment.

Dawson Creek, in the heart of the province’s booming oil and gas sector, had a great plan for reusing its wastewater — they just didn’t have the $10-million they needed. But when they put out a request for proposals, Shell Oil said they would pay for the whole thing.

The town will become the first in North America to be equipped to sell its sewage for reuse in the gas industry. The new wastewater treatment plant will upgrade the quality of about 400,000 cubic meters of sewage every day to a standard that makes the water useable by industry.

(READ the news in Toronto’s Globe and Mail)

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