Dubuque Celebrates New Water and Recovery Center

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By Larry Burkum

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - The city of Dubuque is celebrating the completion of its new water and resource recovery center.

Officials will hold a public ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon and offer facility tours.

The center, previously known as the Water Pollution Control Plant, underwent a three-year upgrade at a cost of $65 million.

There are multiple sustainable features, including anaerobic digestion for wastewater sludge stabilization. The center can generate about 50 percent of electrical demand on-site by using methane produced from the digestion. Officials hope to make that 100 percent in the future.

The facility treats nearly 10 million gallons of wastewater daily.

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