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Rettew to design wastewater treatment facility for salad dressing company

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Lancaster County engineering firm Rettew Associates Inc. is designing a facility to treat wastewater produced by a nationally known maker of salad dressings and sauces.

The 160,000-gallon pretreatment facility will handle waste from Ken's Foods' Lebanon, Indiana manufacturing plant, letting the company handle the waste in-house rather than sending the "intensive liquid" through the city's treatment plant, according to a news release from Rettew. The facility will produce natural gas, which can be used to fuel compressed natural gas-powered fleet vehicles.

The project is a public-private partnership between Rettew; Ken's Foods; the city of Lebanon, Indiana and Pace Energy, a New York-based firm that will own and operate the facility.

Ken's Foods, based in Massachusetts, is known for its salad dressing line and Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce.

In addition to designing the project, Rettew will also act as contractor and oversee the facility's renewable energy production. The company hopes to begin work this fall and complete the project in late 2018.

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Tasha November 28, 2017 6:46 am

Is it true that the salad dressings that we get from the market are made from the wastewater treatment? I am shocked to hear this news. Is the wastewater treatment done properly and safe to mix it with other food products? Hope proper legal testing is done. cable tv providers

Isla November 28, 2017 6:33 am

Very excited to know about this wastewater treatment but how can we predict that it will be good for consuming? Are you testing it? If so, Can you please provide more details about it? Eagerly waiting for your updated post to know it. real estate photo editing services