Allen Harim’s Harbeson processing plant has achieved 100-percent compliance with discharge parameter listed in the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit in the first full year of operation with an upgraded wastewater treatment plant, the company announced.

Allen Harim spent more than $8 million on phase one of the treatment plant upgrade, which was finished in late 2016. With the new technology, some of the parameters the company is required to test for produce results that are below their respective detection limits. The company is required to submit a monthly Discharge Monitoring Report to Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control detailing all testing results.

The phase two part of the project involves a partnership with Artesian Wastewater Management Inc. Construction permits were issued by the DNREC in fall 2017, and Artesian is building a pipeline from Allen Harim to their Northern Sussex Water Recycling Facility north of Milton.

From there, Artesian will use the water for spray irrigation on agriculture land where crops need nutrients to grow. Using recycled water to irrigate crops helps save groundwater and saves farmers from having to buy chemical fertilizers to add nutrients to the soil.

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