Palo Alto’s $30 Million Sludge Dewatering and Loadout Facility Now Open!
Tanner Pacific joins the City of Palo Alto in celebrating the opening of its new Sludge Dewatering and Loadout Facility! This state-of-the-art facility is designed to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, eliminate a hazardous waste stream, and reduce energy costs.
Environmental and Energy Saving Benefits
The 10,000 square-foot building replaces the existing energy-intensive incinerator which has been burning sludge from Palo Alto, Stanford University and surrounding cities since 1972. The updated treatment process will reduce climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 15,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. (This amount is comparable to the carbon dioxide emissions of 3,000 passenger cars!) It will also eliminate the yearly production of 700 tons of incinerator ash, causing an 85% reduction of hazardous waste from City-owned facilities. Instead of being burned, the replacement technologies will dewater the sludge and send it to farm communities to produce agricultural soil supplements.
Tanner Pacific is proud to have provided CM and inspection services on this milestone project for the Regional Water Quality Control Plant.