Keeping our Region Clean & Green
Without the services provided by Four Rivers Sanitation Authority, modern society in the communities we serve would literally not be possible. Let your mind wander back to the open sewer practices of medieval times, when waste was literally dumped into trenches in the middle of city streets, and you will quickly understand what we mean. Life in unsanitary conditions is dirty, dangerous and ridden with disease.
The water we use today is billions of years old, so its preservation and protection is of the utmost importance. The fact that we’re able to use water in the sanitation process and return it to the environment in such clean condition is amazing – but perhaps not quite so when you realize that much of the science and microbiology we use every day is straight out of Mother Nature’s ecological manual. She knows best and we listen to – and amplify – all her lessons.
Four River Sanitation Authority plays a big role not only keeping you and your family and our environment safe, but in our critical regional economic development processes, as well. Our Four Rivers office is on the first-call list for nearly all businesses that wish to locate or expand in the communities we serve – and the governmental units helping facilitate such growth. For a detailed treatise on how we help nature work its magic as we “return fresh, clean water to our environment,” please visit our Wastewater Treatment page.
In the process of doing our work, which is demanding from the perspectives of ingenuity, labor, equipment and energy – we do everything we can to operate sustainably and benefit the environment. We process waste and return clean, safe water to the Rock River. We generate fertilizer for regional farmers, and we cogenerate enough energy to power nearly half the operations of our Kishwaukee Street plant in Rockford, vastly lessening our carbon footprint in the process. For information on power cogeneration and fertilizer production via biosolids processing, please visit our Biosolids Processing and Sustainability pages.