What is Poconite?

Poconite is a slow-release, organic soil enhancer that is excellent for use on flowers, lawns and trees. Produced by the City of Sumter Wastewater Treatment Plant, it is available locally at Tree House Nursery and Dalzell Ag Supply. It is also useful as a deer repellent. The City produces about 2,000 tons per year, much of which is shipped to Florida for use on their golf courses.

How is Poconite made?

As wastewater enters the plant, large objects are separated by automatic bar racks. Sand and other small debris are removed, and the material is aerated and mixed with beneficial bacteria. The resulting "sludge" is pumped onto belt filter presses where the water is squeezed out, forming a putty-like cake. This is then heated in a rotating drum and converted to pellet-size Class A soil enhancer -- Poconite.

Why produce Poconite?

Before production of Poconite, all City waste would be hauled off to a landfill -- a costly and labor-intensive process, now Sumter's Poconite operation prevents waste from entering the landfill.

For more information, please call (803) 436-2558.