biosolids management Articles

  • Emerging Technologies for Wastewater Biosolids Management

    This guide will help municipal wastewater treatment system owners and operators find information on emerging biosolids management technologies. Featured technologies can be used to reduce the volume of residuals to be managed, produce stabilized biosolids that can be used to help improve soil fertility and tilth, or promote the recovery of energy from biosolids. Technical and cost data for more ...

  • National Biosolids Overview

    In all, the 1990s have been good for the biosolids recycling community. Greater quantities of biosolids are being beneficially used than ever before, there are national biosolids regulations that are widely accepted as a good baseline, and there is an extensive, accessible network of researchers, practitioners, advisers and public officials who when combined, provide thousands of years worth of ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Duffin Creek WPCP Evaluation of Biosolids Management Strategies

    The Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) is a conventional activated sludge facility that provides treatment for wastewater from the Regional Municipality of York and Regional Municipality of Durham. The Duffin Creek WPCP has a rated capacity for an average day flow of 364,000 m3/d (80 MIGD). A number of previous studies at the facility have identified that the potential exists for ...


    By XCG Consultants Ltd.

  • Can an Agency Maintain a Biosolids Management Program in Another County?

    Local jurisdictions in California are considering banning or restricting biosolids land application in their County because they have no oversight on biosolids being applied and because of public perception and nuisance issues related to biosolids, such as odors and flies. The City of Los Angeles developed a biosolids management program in 1989 and the program continues today. Several different ...

  • A Tale of Three Cities – Different Approaches to Class A Biosolids Management

    The management of biological treatment residuals is a significant activity associated with the overall management and operation of any successful wastewater treatment utility. Estimated operational and maintenance costs for residuals treatment and ultimate disposal can range from 40 to 60 percent of a typical annual treatment facility operating budget and also may represent a similar fraction of ...

  • Biosolids ban struck down

    In 1994, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD) bought a 4,700-acre farm (called Green Acres Farm) in southwest Kern County for the purpose of land applying biosolids from its 11 wastewater treatment plants. LACSD land applied 800 wet tons/day at this site for several years. In 2006, Kern County voters passed Measure E on the ballot with 83 percent approval. This measure banned ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Managing California’s ever Changing Biosolids Regulatory Climate through the State’s First Design-Build Biosolids Recycling Facility

     ABSTACT In response to regulatory action, the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (District) implemented a highly diversified biosolids management program that includes two major elements as well as a number of backup options. The District engaged the private sector for the design, finance, construction, ownership, and 20 year operation and of a Biosolids Recycling Facility ...

  • Small-Scale Biosolids Composting

    Cambridge, Ohio retrofitted a portion of its vacuum assisted drying beds into a covered composting facility, processing about 300 dry tons/year of biosolids and wood chips. Like many small communities in an agricultural area, the City of Cambridge, Ohio (pop. 14,000) managed biosolids generated by its 2.25 mgd Water Pollution Control Center (WPCC) via land application on farm fields. “Then ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Innovation Key To Biosolids Digestion

    A $400 million project at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant (AWTP) in Washington, D.C., involves building an innovative biosolids management system comprised of a thermal hydrolysis process, four 3.8-million gallon mesophilic digesters (measuring 70-ft tall by 100-ft in diameter) with fixed covers, a cogeneration system consisting of three 4.6-MW Solar Mercu ry 50 gas turbines ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • An Advanced Biosolids Treatment Process and Potential Beneficial Applications of the Processed Biosolids

    ABSTRACTAn innovative and cost-effective biosolids treatment and processing technology was developed and demonstrated at a pilot and full-scale at the Guelph Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ontario. The Lystek process involves a low but optimized application of heat, alkali, and mixing in a batch or semi-continuous system to achieve the desired physical, chemical and microbiological characteristics ...

  • Reducing operating costs and improving performance through implementation of a biosolids environmental management system

    The Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA) operates an 80 million gallon per day (MGD) pure oxygen activated sludge treatment plant located in Camden City, N. J. Several years ago, the CCMUA was experiencing serious problems with its biosolids handling facilities, resulting in reduced effluent quality, significant odor problems and increased costs. In response, the CCMUA implemented ...

  • Biosolids management evaluation study for water reclamation facility, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    The Sioux Falls Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) treats primary and secondary sludges in three primary anaerobic digesters and one secondary digester. Treated sludge is stored in lagoons until disposal by land application. Continuation of the land application process will require significant investment. The primary purpose of this study is to evaluate alternative biosolids handling and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The longer-term phytoavailability of biosolids-phosphorus

    Phosphorus based nutrient management could limit biosolids application to rates based on crop fertilizer P recommendations (P-based rates). Determinations of biosolids P phytoavailability relative to inorganic P fertilizers are necessary when P-based rates are mandated. Previous shorter-term (≤4 mo) studies successfully distinguished P phytoavailability differences among biosolids, but the ...

  • Streamside management zones effectiveness for protecting water quality after forestland application of biosolids

    Received for publication August 1, 2008. Biosolids, materials resulting from domestic sewage treatment, are surface applied to forest soils to increase phosphorus (P), nitrate, and ammonium availability. Retaining streamside management zones (SMZs) can limit nutrient pollution of streams. We delineated 15-m SMZs along three intermittent streams in an 18-yr-old Pinus taeda L. plantation. We ...

  • Biosolids Program Reliability through California’s First Design-Build Biosolids Recycling Facility

    In response to regulatory action, the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (District) implemented a highly diversified biosolids management program that includes two major elements as well as a number of backup options. The District engaged the private sector for the design, finance, construction, ownership, and 20 year operation and of a Biosolids Recycling Facility (BRF). In early ...

  • Biosolids Composter Satisfies Customers and Neighbors

    A ticket to Penn State football games isn’t the only hard thing to come by in State College, Pennsylvania. So is the biosolids compost produced by State College’s University Area Joint Authority (UAJA) wastewater treatment plant. “For the last four years, we’ve been sold out before we’ve made the compost,” says Stephen Welch, who manages the UAJA composting plant. All biosolids generated — about ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • MSW and Biosolids Become Feedstocks for Ethanol

    The first commercial facility designed to recover recyclables from municipal solid waste, and utilize the residuals with biosolids as feedstock for ethanol production, is moving forward in Middletown, New York. The Orange Recycling and Ethanol Production Facility, to be built on a 22-acre site adjacent to the Middletown Wastewater Treatment Plant, has capacity to process approximately 230,000 ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Biocycle Nationwide Survey: The State of Biosolids in America

     The State of Biosolids in America TAKING the pulse of biosolids management practices in the United States yields a combination of hard data and valuable insights. Between survey responses and telephone conversations, state biosolids coordinators around the country paint an overall picture of progress with the beneficial use of biosolids, along with a dose of reality about political, ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Modelling impacts of seasonal wastewater treatment plant effluent permits and biosolid substitution for phosphorus management in catchments and river systems

    The issues of diffuse and point source phosphorus (P) pollution in river systems are presented using a catchment model to assess nutrient behaviour, seasonal effluent standards and biosolid substitution. A process-based, dynamic water quality model (INCA-P) has been applied to four UK catchments, namely, the Rivers Tywi, Wensum, Lunan and Hampshire Avon, to simulate water fluxes, sediments, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • In-vessel cocomposting of green waste with biosolids and paper waste

    In comparison to traditional windrow composting, in-vessel composting techniques often represent more effective waste management options due to the reduced production of bioaerosols and leachate and the potential for better process control. Chemical processes occurring during the cocomposting of three common wastes (green waste, biosolids and paper processing waste) were studied using the forced ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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