How USSR helped Mancos

How USSR helped Mancos

Town builds a cleaner, state-of-art wastewater system
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A roof hides the innovative workings below of Mancos’ new, state-of-the-art wastewater plant. Robin Schmittel, left, Mancos Public Works director, and Tom Yennerell, Mancos town administrator, inspect the Soviet-designed system. Out of sight are 6-foot-wide cloth panels that hang 19 feet down with living bacteria consuming impurities in the water that flows through.
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The town’s sewage treatment lagoons, which take up 4 acres, are being replaced by the new 40-foot-by-40-foot state-of-the-art water sewage treatment tank.
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Spaced 2 inches apart, 6-foot-wide synthetic cloth panels hang like curtains into a tank with 24 cells. Bacteria live on the sheets and consuming sewage in the water that flows through. It’s the first phase of the system.
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Bacteria of various aggressiveness grow on this cloth, which hangs down in 19-foot sections in the water sewage treatment tank. The bacteria consume impurities in the water.
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At the end of the process, the wastewater is treated with ultraviolet light, which kills the last of the the bad stuff. Robin Schmittel, Mancos’ Public Works director, describes the process.
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