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City of Rome to upgrade anaerobic digesters

The city of Rome is set to upgrade its existing anaerobic digester. The unit serves as a source of reusable energy using organic waste.

Posted: Aug 26, 2019 6:06 PM

ROME, N.Y. -- The city of Rome is set to upgrade its existing anaerobic digester. The unit serves as a source of reusable energy using organic waste.

The project would add another digester to the Rome water and waste treatment plant and upgrade the infrastructure.

According to Mayor Izzo, the entire project could cost around 25 million dollars. The city is seeking grant money to help cover the cost of the project.

The goal of the project is to make the plant run solely on the energy produced by the digesters with limited use of the electric grid.

By doing this, the cost of the plant's utilities would drastically drop. Mayor Izzo said this could also cause the rate payer's bills to drop as well.

"They may be able to notice a difference as we are going to be bringing our utility bills down. That will hopefully have an impact on the taxpayers as we further decrease our utility costs at the wastewater treatment plant. That's something that they don't have to fund. And the rate users may someday see their rate go down," said Mayor Izzo.

Bids for construction are currently being done. The city anticipates construction to begin in 2020.

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