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Another award for Ostara

December 6, 2010  By Dave Harrison


Another award for Ostara

Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD)
and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies have won the prestigious Innovation
Award from The National Council of Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP).

Dec. 6, 2010, Arlington, VA – Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies won the prestigious Innovation Award from The National Council of Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) for their Struvite Recovery Facility incorporating Ostara’s Pearl® Nutrient Recovery Process at HRSD’s Nansemond Treatment Plant in Suffolk, Va.

The National Council of Public-Private Partnerships' (NCPPP) Innovation
Award was presented on November 18th at the NCPPP’s Annual Meeting
Reception and Awards Banquet in Arlington, VA.  Ted Henifin (r), HRSD’s
general manager, and Phillip Abrary (l), president and CEO of Ostara,
were present to accept the award. 

The award was presented at NCPPP’s annual meeting reception and awards banquet in Arlington. Ted Henifin, HRSD’s general manager, and Phillip Abrary, president of Ostara, were present to accept the award. “We are very pleased to receive the Innovation Award from NCPPP. Our Struvite Recovery Facility has given us the ability to recover nutrients that were a maintenance problem in our plant and turn them into a commercially viable fertilizer product with basically no additional costs to HRSD. Our partnership with Ostara fits well with our strategic objective of reducing human impact on the environment. Recovering phosphorus from a sustainable source – wastewater – to replace mined phosphorus does just that,” said Henifin.


HRSD’s Struvite Recovery Facility, which opened in May, recovers phosphorus from wastewater recycle streams. The recovered phosphorus is transformed at the Nansemond facility into an environmentally-friendly, commercial fertilizer called Crystal Green®, which uses a slow-release formula to ensure that nutrients are absorbed by plants and thereby reduces fertilizer runoff from reaching and polluting fragile ecosystems.

The NCPPP’s mission is to advocate and facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships at all government levels and to raise the awareness of the means by which government and business cooperation can provide the public with quality goods, services and facilities and the most cost effective basis. HRSD’s partnership with Ostara showcases a win-win relationship whereby Ostara’s Pearl process provides benefits to HRSD, its ratepayers and the environment. Ostara’s process increases production efficiencies by reducing nutrient recycle loads within the Nansemond treatment plant, and creates an environmentally friendly premium fertilizer by-product that is marketed and sold by Ostara as Crystal Green.

The Nansemond Struvite Recovery Facility is projected to remove more than 85 per cent of the phosphorus from solids recycle streams and has the capacity to produce more than one million pounds of Crystal Green fertilizer annually.

Phillip Abrary, president and CEO of Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, said, “we are very proud of this latest accomplishment and important recognition of our innovative approach to public-private partnerships. We are providing HRSD with a cost-effective and environmentallysound operational improvement. Beyond the benefits to ratepayers, the technology has the potential to help the local environment by creating a fertilizer product which is safe and environmentally friendly and therefore, helps to protect waterways.”

The Nansemond Treatment Plant is designed to clean up to 30 million gallons of wastewater per day (MGD). It is one of 13 plants owned and operated by HRSD, a public utility that serves 1.6 million people in an area of over 3,100 square miles. The Nansemond facility discharges its treated effluent to the James River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

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