Plant marks 75th year of treating wastewater
By Matt Mikus email@example.com August 10, 2013 12:06AM
Updated: September 11, 2013 6:12AM
GARY — The Gary Sanitary District hosted an open house for the public Friday to celebrate 75 years of service, offering lessons on clean water practices and how wastewater is treated.
The open house included a chance to tour the facility, and booths were set up to show historical pictures of the treatment plant, what the water looks like as it’s treated, and advice on what kinds of paper products can be properly flushed without clogging pipes.
The district processes wastewater from Gary, Merrillville, Hobart and Lake Station.
“The theme for the day is clean water is everybody’s business,” said Tanya Cousins, the district’s records manager, “so we’re trying to teach people the little things to help keep our water clean.”
The day also included a guided tour through the plant with plant worker Jamie Franco.
The plant can pump in up to 120 million gallons a minute during heavy rains, but on an average day runs about 40 million gallons a minute. Franco added that it takes about seven hours to complete the sanitation before returning to the Grand Calumet River.
Ella Hudson of Gary brought her grandchildren and niece to the open house for the educational experience.
“It was very informative,” Hudson said. “You can really see the whole process from beginning to end.”