Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Ancients save money on plant for wastewater
Some of the earliest people to ever coax crops from the arid desert soil lived where the Roger Road Wastewater Treatment Plant now stands.
County officials ran head-first into their ancient settlement recently when it turned out to be in the exact spot where an odor-control facility was to go.
Although the discovery stalled the odor-control project for months, it didn't add to the cost. In fact, those long-ago settlers ended up saving 21st century taxpayers about $2 million.
A redesign of the project to avoid the archaeological site turned out to be that much cheaper.

The latter part of the article is interesting as it talks about covering up the remains instead of excavating it -- called it "banking" it.