Gallery: NYC Sewage to Be Treated with Common Soap Ingredient Glycerol

The 26th Ward Wastewater Treatment Plant in Queens has begun using a revolutionary biofuel process that employs glycerol (an ingredient that can be found in many soaps and perfumes) to remove nitrogen from our waterways. The first green water treatment facility of its kind in the country (according to Clean Technica), the plant has been in operation for a little over a year and has already helped to reduce nitrogen discharges from 5,800 pounds per day as of December 2011 to 1,900 pounds per day. The new process spells good news for marine life in the area, which is typically killed by the nitrogen released from treated water.

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