Allen Harim: Harbeson plant nets perfect wastewater report card for 2017

HARBESON – Following an upgrade, Allen Harim’s Harbeson poultry processing plant has made the perfect grade.

In the first full year of operation with an upgraded wastewater treatment plant, the Harbeson plant achieved 100-percent compliance with all discharge parameter listed in the NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit, the company announced Monday.

The wastewater team at Allen Harim’s Harbeson plant, from left: Kathy DePoorteer, Eldon Potts, Valdanio Vernet, Michael Sausé, Curtis Wright, Jeff Bailey and Dawn Bowles.

Allen Harim invested more than $8 million on Phase 1 of the treatment plant upgrade which was finished in late 2016.

The new technology has been working so well that some of the parameters the company is required to test for produce results that are below their respective detection limits, according to a company press release from Allen Harim spokeswoman Catherine M. Bassett.

The company is required to submit a monthly Discharge Monitoring Report to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control detailing all testing results.

“This is proof that our investment has been worth it and I’m so proud of our team for their hard work in ensuring a perfect record,” said Joe Moran, president/CEO of Allen Harim. “Our next step of removing our treated effluent from Beaver Dam Creek and piping it to Artesian for land application will be an even better environmental outcome.”

The Phase 2 part of the project involves a partnership with Artesian Wastewater Management, Inc., an expert in wastewater issues. Construction permits were issued by DNREC last fall, 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, the press release stated.

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