How does wastewater work?

A tour of the award-winning Petersburg wastewater treatment facility


January 26, 2023

Jake Clemens / Petersburg Pilot

Justin Haley shows the composting process which helps divert 40 metric tons of waste solids from the landfill each year.

The Alaska Rural Water Association (ARWA) has named Petersburg Alaska's Wastewater System of the Year for 2022.

"Petersburg stays on top of routine maintenance and keeps their certifications up to date. Not everyone does that," said Mark Wuitschick, who nominated Petersburg and works at ARWA as the Wastewater Training and Technical Assistance Specialist.

Petersburg also goes beyond the minimum requirements, and the award highlighted efforts at composting removed solids, which the Petersburg wastewater utility has done since 2015. This diverts approximately 40 metric tons from the landfill...

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