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4 Intriguing Things I Learned While Working at Castagra

source: Mike Linksvayer
“What they are doing with sewage nowadays is AMAZING.” I wanted to scream out during a party at my friend Claire’s house on the weekend. Like a person who’s recently fallen in love, I find myself wanting to bring up sewage during conversations when people ask me what I write about (usually while they are about to sip on a sewage coloured drink like a Coke or a steaming coffee). I find myself stopping myself however, well because I want to be invited back to parties, and I don’t want to be known as that girl who talks about sewage at parties, which brings me to my main point: Castagra has changed me. I now know things I never knew I wanted to know.
“So what have you learned from working at Castagra?” I hear you ask. Well I appreciate the question. Here are 4 intriguing things I learned while working at Castagra:
1) You can make energy from super weird things
I knew companies can make energy from pretty mundane things like the sun, wind, water etc., but apparently you can make energy from a lot of weird things too. (Apparently the weirder the better.) For example, you can make energy from manure, potatoes, wastewater, and even plastic bags! What?! In fact, I am on a quest to find more strange ways that energy can be produced. Partly for an article, and partly for my own odd self-interest. If you have a tip, please let me know!
2) There are many high paying jobs in the oil and gas industry
When I thought of oil and gas jobs, I would picture men on rigs doing frontline work, but I didn’t think about other oil and gas careers that tend to be quite lucrative. For example, if you work as an offshore seismic explorer or a stationary and steam engineer you can make an average of $105,000 – $120,000 a year. Not to mention, saying you’re an offshore seismic explorer sounds pretty darn cool.
3) Sewage facilities can actually be really attractive and fun
Some sewage facilities are turning into wonderlands where wastewater enthusiasts and normal people alike can be entertained by interactive displays and view fascinating, new sustainable technologies. For example check out the Omega Center for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, New York for a rocking building that looks fancy enough to live in. Alternately you can visit the community and environmental center at the Brightwater Wastewater Treatment System in Woodinville, Washington, which has 70 acres of public open space, 3 miles of walking trails and 40 acres of natural habitat. Not too shabby.
4) Alberta oil sands have a heck of a lot of crude oil
Apparently Alberta’s oil sands are the third-largest proven crude oil reserve in the world, next to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. I found this quite surprising as I always assumed the majority of the world’s crude oil was not in Canada. But like the time I thought dog poo is like fertilizer for plants, I realized I was sadly mistaken. In fact oil sands production is expected to increase from 1.9 million barrels per day in 2012 to 3.8 million barrels per day in 2022.

0ba8618 Aisha Tejani
Aisha Tejani is a contributing writer of Castagra Products, a storage tank and wastewater coatings manufacturing company that is highly acclaimed for its sustainable coatings and cold weather coating applications. Castagra products are NSF-61 certified and are used by the world’s top water and wastewater contractors.