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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/DL Newspapers)

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.

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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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