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Jim Lockrem of SJE-Rhombus fills a beaker of clean wastewater and shows it to Mary Ann Bond and Denise Oakes of the MPCA at the Lake Melissa Ceramic MBR Cluster System.BRIAN BASHAM/TRIBUNE

New wastewater technology could help clean up lakes

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It's the most exciting news since you first learned to use the big toilet by yourself -- SJE-Rhombus has a new treatment system that could be the next great thing for the health of Minnesota lakes.


The compact system takes toilet water and turns it into water nearly clean enough to drink.

"This is state-of-the art -- this is one of the cleanest small systems in the United States," said Jim Lockrem, technical director of SJ Rhombus' environmental group.

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