Kansas City is known for sports, barbecue, and music. Now, you can add resource recovery. KC Water is building a new resource facility to process wastewater and turn it into valuable biosolids.

The process is called thermal hydrolysis. It’s similar to how a pressure cooker works. The Blue River Biosolids Facility located near I-435 and Front Street will use extreme heat and pressure to turn solids from the wastewater treatment process into biosolids. This is important because it eliminates the use of incinerators, which saves money in the long run. It also reduces storage needs and air pollutants.

On top of that, this innovative technology produces two products: biosolids and biogas. Biosolids can be safely used as a soil conditioner, similar to other fertilizers on the market, which can be used on farms and gardens. Biogas can be used as an energy source.

When completed in 2024, the Blue River Biosolids Facility will be the largest facility of its kind in the Midwest and one of only nine in the United States using this process.

For more information: Watch the project overview video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=U-7K927PHRk