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Transforming Methane Gas into Heat and Electric at WPCF


The Township of Livingston announced plans to conduct a Feasibility Study into the possibility of using excess methane gas to generate power at the Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF). The New Jersey Clean Energy Program provides incentives to perform Feasibility Studies to promote sustainable biopower projects. Under the 2012 NJ Clean Energy Program, the Township would receive $25,000 for a Feasibility Study that costs $50,000 or more. The rest of the funding for the project would come from the Township capital accounts.

The Feasibily Study, conducted by Hatch Mott MacDonald of Milburn, NJ, will determine if the construction of a combined heat and power (CHP) microturbine unit or engine/generator set would be beneficial to the Township. The study will refine the digester calculations including the anticipated amount and quality of methane gas, estimation of electic power generation, size of CHP unit, and compare initial costs to the expected payback period.

“Evaluations conducted as part of the Wastewater Master Plan have determined that the existing facilities can be modified to improve methane gas production and to utilize the gas in the production of electricity and heat,” explained Joe Greco, Superintendant of Water Pollution Control Facility. “The digester waste gas burner operates 24 hours per day. Since this potential source of energy is currently flared or burned to the atmosphere, it would be advantageous to use the methane gas source to produce electric power and heat. This would reduce the amount of emissions to the atmosphere by reducing or eliminating the flaring of methane gas, and reduce the operating costs of the WPCF. Based on initial calculations, the CPH unit would be able to produce 170 KW of electrical power worth $165,000 per year (at net of $.11 per kw-hr), and also produce sufficient heat to run the digesters.”

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Additional rebate incentives are offered under the 2012 NJ Clean Energy Program for the construction of a combined heat and power projects. Based on the estimated size of Livingston’s CHP project of 170KW, the incentive would be $510,000 (not to exceed 40% of the project construction cost. For more information on the NJ Clean Energy Program go to

WPCF is responsible for the treatment of almost all sewage generated by the Township. It is a tertiary treatment plant which generates high quality effluent which helps to safeguard the environment.  Treated sewage commonly has over 98 percent of its suspended solids and over 99 percent of its 5 Day BOD removed before it is discharged into the Passaic River.  This discharge is of a much higher quality than the river water. For information on Livingston WPCF, call 973-535-7944 or email Alternatively, go to Click on Water Pollution Control to access the webpage. The Facility is located at 81 Naylon Ave, Livingston, NJ.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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Livingston Lacrosse Senior Jason Scher Named Athlete of the Week

April 20, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School senior Jason Scher has been named as TAPinto Livingston’s Athlete of the Week after scoring 14 goals and contributing 15 assists in his last five games—bringing him to a total of 35 points so far this season.

With Scher leading the pack, the Lancers are 5-2 after winning their last five consecutive games. Scher scored three ...

One Free Class at Cycle Bar Livingston

April 23, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Get a free ride at Cycle Bar Livingston. Livingston’s premium indoor cycling facility invites the public to sign up for their first ride free.

Click HERE to see the full class schedule.

During this week only, Cycle Bar is also participating in the Livingston Fitness Crawl, offering five days of free classes through Friday.  

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Livingston Fitness Crawl: Five Days of Free Classes at 12 Livingston Businesses

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The public is invited to enjoy one free class at as many of Livingston’s fitness businesses as they would like during this week’s Livingston Fitness Crawl, a Livingston Business Improvement District event, beginning on April 23 and continuing through April 27.

For five days, no purchase is necessary at the following locations:

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Full Pet Grooming Service 25% OFF

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Cloud Canine Grooming Salon & Spa in Little Falls is open for business and owner and pet stylist Melissa DiRoma is offering 25% off a FULL GROOMING SERVICE for all new customers. Call (973) 837-8884 or visit to schedule your appointment. Mention promo code TAP DOG for discount. 

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Free Wellness Event at The Joint Chiropractic

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The public is invited to a "Wellness Event to Remember" at The Joint Chiropractic in West Caldwell on Thursday, April 19 from 7 p.m. to  9 p.m.

Guests will include:

Michael Piercy, owner of The Lab
Justyna Debski, owner of Revive Mind Body
Karen Caplan, owner of Nutrition Transitions

Join the ...

Luxury Facial Services 50% OFF

MILLBURN, NJ - DeAmour Salon & Spa is proud to announce its newest team member, Renee Rudikh, formerly of the famous Georgette Klinger Spa at the Short Hills Mall.

Rudikh has extensive experience and specializes in a plethora of facial styles including: deep pore cleansing/European, microdermabrasion with collagen, teenage, men's, back, LED and customized European ...

YMCA $0 Enrollment in April

LIVINGSTON, NJ - For the month of April, the West Essex YMCA is offer $0 enrollment. 

Take advantage of all that your local Y has to offer for the whole family!

Personal Training
Group Classes
Low monthly membership
And much much more!...

Check out all that the Y has to offer HERE

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Upcoming Events


Thu, April 26, 7:00 PM

Livingston High School Fitness & Wellness Center/Auxiliary Gym, Livingston

Livingston Public Schools Presents: Livingston ...



Sat, April 28, 8:00 AM

Hillside Elementary School, Livingston

HUGE school wide yard sale

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Sat, April 28, 9:00 AM

South Mountain Recreation Complex (The Clipper Pavilion), West Orange

20th Annual Building Tomorrows 5K Run, Family ...

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Women Need Better Treatment Behind Bars, Lawmakers Say

April 24, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Middlesex County Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) held a roundtable discussion on Monday with criminal justice reform advocates and formally incarcerated women to discuss legislation Lopez and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle are introducing, modeled after legislation Booker introduced in the Senate, to reform the way women are treated behind ...

Abilities Expo 2018 Offers Resources for People With Special Needs

April 22, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston’s Abilities Expo 2018 will be held on Sunday, April 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Livingston High School. This family-friendly event showcases a variety of resources, products, services and technologies for people with special needs – all under one roof. The Expo is co-sponsored by Livingston Public Schools and the Livingston Advisory ...

Lock Down Initiated After Stray Bullet Found at Morristown High School

April 24, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Morristown High School was on a school-wide lock down as of 1 p.m. on Tuesday after a stray bullet was discovered on the athletic fields of the school. 

Police were on the scene and currently investigating the incident. The school initiated a "shelter in place," which means instruction continued as students stayed in their ...

Letter to the Editor: Don't Complain. Vote!

April 12, 2018

Don’t Complain; Vote!

It’s no secret that people have strong feelings about what’s happening in our country. It’s also true that much of politics is local. In November, 11th District residents will have the opportunity to choose a new congressional representative who will not only serve as a critical check on the federal level, but also determine how our distract fares ...

Cluelessly Clueless

I teenaged my way through high school under the assumption that my parents had no idea what I was doing.  I like to think I was pretty good at withholding information and presenting situations in ways that were other than they really were.


Still, sometimes they found things out.  Like the time my friends plopped me on our front door step at one o'clock in the morning ...