Beef producer water reuse project aids local farmer

Feb. 10, 2023
The National Beef Packing Company wastewater treatment plant in Kansas reuses process water to irrigate a local farm and reduce strain on the Ogallala Aquifer.

To meet state requirements, National Beef constructed a wastewater treatment plant that not only reduces its reliance on the Ogallala Aquifer but also reuses water for irrigation of a local farm. The project required considerable coordination between the city, the farmer, National Beef and the state to meet its goals.

David Kalscheur, vice president of engineering for National Beef Packing Company, explains why the project was important to the company and how it strived to meet water reuse goals to reduce strain on the local aquifer. Eric Staab, professional environmental engineer in the industrial programs group for the Bureau of Water in Kansas Department of Health and Environment, highlights the state’s involvement and how the plant’s Bardenpho technology became part of the solution to meeting the state’s requirements.

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  • Intro | 0:00
  • Community served and the impact | 0:51
  • Reason for the project | 2:45
  • Why reuse was important | 4:49
  • Construction footprint and sequencing | 7:33
  • Lessons worth sharing | 9:30
  • Outro | 13:39

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Bob Crossen

Bob Crossen is the editorial director for the Endeavor Business Media Water Group, which publishes WaterWorld, Wastewater Digest and Stormwater Solutions. Crossen graduated from Illinois State University in Dec. 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in German and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He worked for Campbell Publications, a weekly newspaper company in rural Illinois outside St. Louis for four years as a reporter and regional editor. 

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