The project was a small scale project when I was down there, and at the time it was still in the experimental stages. I think the same company also made the Destroilet systems and they were trying to introduce this on a larger scale. Made perfectly good sense to me at the time, and still does. To be honest, I never followed up on exactly how much of the wastewater was utilized as the project progressed, but I was thankful they stopped dumping into Hawk Channel. I interviewed Captain Tony when I did the story for a regional magazine. Captain Tony was running for Mayor of Key West at the time and provided me with much of the information. He was a neat guy, but I don't recall if he ever became mayor.
Waste Management was also involved in a big project in Maryland, Waste To Energy, a plant that was set up at Aberdeen Proving Grounds just inside the west gate. At this one, they burned trash, and used wastewater to generate steam, which was sold to Aberdeen Proving Grounds for heating the facility. It was closed a couple years ago, but I'm not sure why. When they were in full operating, they were burning hundreds of tons of trash daily, and recycling huge quantities of metal that was removed from the the refuse. It based upon a controlled burn system, and the stack scrubber removed tons of sulphur every day, which was also sold.
There's some really neat stuff out there, and it just shows we really don't have to dump poop into our waterways. Granted, it may cost a bit more to process, but I sincerely believe the saving of the waterways and their natural resources would provide far more revenues from recreational users and improved, sustainable, commercial fisheries.
Just me .02 cents worth,