Government “waste” that’s saving you money

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Normally you think of money being flushed down the toilet, but now the flushes are saving dollars.

For years Dayton didn’t want to get its hands dirty when it came to dealing with what in the industry are termed bio-solids. A company did the process of turning them into fertilizer for the city.

“They were contracted to come in and staff and manage the whole process,” says Department of Water Deputy Director Michael Powell.

But two years ago the city’s Department of Water decided to start doing the work itself.

“The staff really stepped up to the plate to make sure the operations went very smoothly,” Powell says.

Now the city is collecting big savings from the switch, about $1.7 million.

Over 15 years the savings are estimated at around $20 million dollars.

The project landed the city in a national water industry magazine, Water Environment and Technology.

But officials say its biggest impact may be with your water.

“The money we make off the water system goes back into those pipes, into making sure water is safe and you can drink it,” says Mayor Nan Whaley. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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