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Duke Energy Superintendent of Operations and Maintenance T. Reid Massingill, left, and Brian Powers, station manager of the Crystal River north steam plant, explain how the Crystal River reclaimed water project is used for air-pollution control at two coal-burning units at Duke’s Crystal River Energy Complex. Treated water is mixed into a slurry with ground-up limestone, then sprayed inside absorbers to remove sulfur dioxide emissions. Clean water vapor is then emitted from a pair of smoke stacks inside a 600-foot monolith tower, seen in the background.
Millions spent, millions saved

A multimillion-dollar project to conserve nearly a million gallons of groundwater a day is complete after more than a year of construction and anticipation.

The Crystal River Reclaimed Water Partnership became operational July 1 when 750,000 to 800,000 gallons of treated wastewater a day began moving from a Crystal River to two of Duke Energy’s coal-fired units at the Crystal River Energy Complex. The water will be used for pollution control at two of the coal-burning plants.

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