The Funny, Sometimes Entertaining, Yet Always Important, Side of Sludge

Who knew nutrient removal and trucked-in sludge could be funny?

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It was a busy holiday weekend, full of fireworks and ice cream and swimming and hot summer weather. Whether you were lucky enough to enjoy the festivities or you were busy working this weekend, I kind of think we all need to sort of, well, ease back into things a bit.

So with that thought in mind, take a listen to this podcast from WRSI, a Northhampton, Massachusetts, radio station. The segment, called “Their Sh*t Don’t Stink (and now yours don’t either), is hosted by radio personality Monte Belmonte. It takes a humorous, entertaining tour of the treatment process at the Montague, Massachusetts, plant, and explains how the 1 mgd plant has cut sludge disposal costs by $200,000 per year.

Who knew nutrient removal and trucked-in sludge could be funny?

The plant’s staff explains how they’ve accepted sludge from 22 other treatment plants and yet haven’t trucked any dewatered solids off site for almost two years.

And the key? A little imagination.

“Seems like you guys are like a family. It’s amazing,” says Belmonte in the podcast. “I’m inspired by the ways you guys work together and the liberty that you’ve given them to experiment. … It may be the last place on Earth that people would think that freedom of expression and creativity would come into play, but it is truly inspirational.”

Take a listen, enjoy the podcast and laugh along with the folks at the Montague Wastewater Treatment Facility, who seem to truly enjoy what they’re doing.

After all, it's always nice to start the week on a positive note, and this podcoast does just that; reminding us all that wastewater treatment plants — and the operators who work at them — are an important element of every community. 

To listen to the segment in its entirety, click here.


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