How Do We Process Waste
HVSSD uses aerated lagoons and mechanical type operations to treat wastewater.
This water, once cleaned, is then disposed of on the nearly 500-acre hay farm located west of the airport which recharges the aquifer underneath us (i.e., ground water). This process has proven to be very reliable, effective, and less expensive — leading to improved water quality in the region.
Hay that is grown in the hay farm and watered by the treated wastewater further absorbs leftover nutrients and is harvested several times per year. It is auctioned off to area farmers. Proceeds from the sale of the hay are used to further offset wastewater treatment costs and help to keep user fees as low as possible.
The farm soils are also capable of stabilizing wastewater contaminants like pharmaceuticals, hormones, and endocrine disruptors in wastewater.