biosolids testing Articles

  • A Sustainable Use for Dried Biosolids

    Lehigh Cement Company has conducted preliminary and in depth testing of Class A dried biosolids (DBS) as a fuel replacement in our cement kiln at Union Bridge, Maryland. Lehigh’s parent company, Heidelberg Cement, has been using DBS in European cement kilns for several years. These programs have proved the safety and environmental soundness of this concept. Lehigh’s ongoing development of these ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Biosolids composting at the Borough of Mechanicsburg, PA WWTP

    The Borough of Mechanicsburg, located in central Pennsylvania, was experiencing challenges in finding sufficient agricultural fields to continue the beneficial use of their anaerobically digested liquid wastewater treatment plant Class B biosolids. At the time, the only alternative available was dewatering and going to landfill, which is significantly more expensive. Due to environmental ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Stability measurement of Biosolids Compost by Aerobic Respirometry

    Oxygen uptake of biosolids compost was measured during both laboratory and full-scale studies. Aerobic respirometry of solid samples of compost provided a precise measure of microbial activity. There was a noticeable decreasing trend in oxygen consumption over 25 days of composting, thereby indicating increasing stability. Moisture content also was found to affect the compost stability. During ...


    By Challenge Technology

  • Growth of microalgal biomass on supernatant from biosolid dewatering

    The paper reports the results of an experiment to assess the feasibility of including a photobioreactor within the design of a wastewater treatment plant, growing microalgae on the centrate from anaerobic sludge dewatering. The growth of algal biomass would take advantage of the available nitrogen and provide a substrate for biogas production by anaerobic digestion. Tests were carried out by ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Environmental technology verification (ETV) of Biosolids product

    Location: Vancouver, B.C. Description: A biorecovery facility was seeking to use its product as animal feed supplement. The facility treats biodegradable wastes using an Autothermal Thermophilic Aerobic digestion (ATAD) process. The ETV verification program involved developing a sampling protocol followed by a sampling program that included extensive analytical testing ...


    By NovaTec Consultants Inc.

  • Biosolids sampling and handling approaches for microbial analyses

     ABSTRACT The protection of human health and the environment while making the use of biosolids products more practical is a joint goal of utilities and regulatory agencies. Assuring the safety of biosolids is paramount to gaining wide public acceptance of this waste-to-beneficial use product. Making effective decisions about the safety of biosolids use relies on quality data. Satisfying ...

  • Controlling Dust and Bioaerosols at a Biosolids Composting Faclity

    Studies at enclosed Longmont, Colorado project evaluate exposure level of employees. Operational changes reduce dust, endotoxin and A. Fumigatus by 90 percent. WHEN dealing with public health issues and composting, attention has been predominantly focused on potential exposure from the release of Aspergillus fumigatus (A. fumigatus) from composting facilities. Numerous studies were conducted to ...


  • 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

  • Control of biosolids cake odors using the new biosolids odor reduction selector process

    ABSTRACT Recent introduction of more efficient dewatering devices that generate higher solids concentrations in dewatered cake has been plagued with the non-desirable side effect of more odorous dewatered biosolids. Previous research has shown that the production of volatile organic sulfur compounds (VOSC’s) such as methanethiol (MT), dimethyl sulfide (DMS), and dimethyl disulfide (DMDS) ...

  • Pilot Testing and Design of an Innovative Biosolids Dewatering Process for Facilities in North Carolina and Georgia

    This paper presents two case studies on pilot testing and design of dewatering systems for municipal biosolids using the Fournier Industries, Inc. (Fournier) rotary press. Since the two municipalities involved have very different types of biosolids, the information presented herein provides a range of expected operating data for this dewatering system. In addition to pilot test information, ...

  • Impacts of Process Enhancements on Fecal Coliform Concentrations in Anaerobically Digested Biosolids

    Approximately 60 percent of wastewater utilities across the nation land apply biosolids for agricultural use. The US EPA approved methods most commonly used to measure pathogens killed and to ensure biosolids are safe for land application are (1) monitoring time and temperature during the treatment process (operational standards) or (2) testing for the presence of fecal coliform bacteria ...

  • Response of Different Types of Biosolids to Simultaneous Dewatering and Pathogens Inactivation by Electrokinetic System

    Only electrokinetic system and its effect on the inactivation of pathogenic organisms in biosolids were investigated. Bench scale experiments were conducted in a series of electrokinetic (EK) reactors. Ten EK reactors were set up with different types of sewage sludge: primary, secondary (attached growth culture), secondary (activated sludge), and anaerobically digested sludge, coming from Auteuil ...

  • Evaluation of the biosolids compost maturity in south Isfahan wastewater treatment plant

    As a promising alternative for biosolids disposal, land application of composted biosolids has increased in the past decade (Goldstein and Steuteville, 1996). One of the important factors affecting the successful use of biosolids compost for agricultural purposes is stability and maturity it. Application of unstable or immature compost may cause slow plant growth and damage crops by competing for ...


    By University of Tehran

  • Restoration of high zinc and lead tailings with municipal biosolids and lime: a field study

    Received for publication February 26, 2008. A field study was conducted to test the ability of biosolids (BS) and different types of lime to increase soil pH, neutralize subsoil acidity, and restore a vegetative cover to alluvial mine tailings in Leadville, CO. The tailings had soil pH of 5.2 and total Cd, Pb, and Zn of 75 ± 20, 2600 ± 1100, and 6700 ± 1900 mg kg–1. Types of lime included ...

  • Class a biosolids production at eastern municipal water district using heat pasteurization

    Since 1998, the Eastern Municipal Water District (District) has developed and successfully operated a heat pasteurization facility to treat extended aeration waste activated sludge (WAS) from the Perris Valley Regional Water Reclamation Facility (PVRWRF). The treatment train uses hot water to sludge spiral heat exchangers and a patented continuous-feed, complete mix pasteurization vessel (heated ...


  • Regrowth of bacterial pathogen indicators after advanced electro-osmotic dewatering of biosolids

    Applying an electrical field for 10 min to mechanically dewatered biosolids increased dryness to 35 to 45% and reduced Escherichia coli levels to/close to detection limits. Possible reasons for the regrowth of bacterial pathogens impacted by electro-osmotic dewatering are biosolids dryness, low pH and the generation of bacterial oxidants on the anode due to high temperatures. Testing for this ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Effect of Secondary Aerobic Digestion on Properties of Anaerobic Digested Biosolids

    ABSTRACTIn this study, the performance of sequential anaerobic-aerobic digestion was compared to conventional anaerobic digestion for sludge from the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. Volatile solids removal, polymer conditioning demand for dewatering, and biosolids odor characteristics following anaerobic digestion and sequential anaerobic-aerobic digestion were monitored. Aerobic ...

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