What is land application and why is it important?

Land application is a waste recycling process that uses treated wastewater as fertilizer for crops. As the volume of septic tank and commercial wastes has increased over time, local sewer systems have not been able to handle all of it. LHR Farms and other similar facilities across the state are meeting this growing demand by offering this safe alternative to “midnight dumping,” a common – and damaging – practice in the past. Land application has recognized benefits for Georgia as articulated in the draft State Water Management Plan just adopted by the State Water Council last week (Jan. 8, 2008). Land application is vital to the health of the community and allows trees and soils to form a "living filter" that purifies the wastewater before it passes naturally into the water supply.

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