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Kazem Oskoui, Clark Engineering Corporation, holds a jar of untreated leachate, on the left, and a jar of leachate after it was treated through a filtering system he has engineered. The equipment is being used during a two-week pilot project at the Kandiyohi County landfill to determine if the system can adequately treat millions of gallons of water that seeps from the landfill each year. (Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange)

Pilot project under way at landfill to test new leachate treatment

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NEW LONDON — Every day thousands of gallons of putrid water laced with bacteria and nasty chemicals seep through heaps of garbage at the Kandiyohi County landfill.

Called leachate, the foul-smelling, tea-colored liquid is collected and trucked to Willmar and processed at the municipal wastewater treatment facility.

It’s a process that costs county taxpayers about $150,000 every year.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
(320) 894-9750
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