In 1999, the Lawrence Wastewater Utility participated in a gap analysis for the National Biosolids Partnership and shortly after agreed to participate as a demonstration agency in the development of the NBP’s Environmental Management System, becoming a charter agency for the project. The NBP’s intent was to encourage sewerage agencies to implement an environmental management system for the individual agency’s biosolids management programs and ultimately increase the public credibility and confidence as well as “raise the bar” for the performance of such programs. Throughout the development of the NBP EMS for Biosolids, Lawrence Wastewater Utility staff contributed feedback to the NBP and attended training workshop to assist with the development of the agency’s EMS. In September 2005, the Lawrence Wastewater Utility underwent the 3rd party verification audit for their NBP EMS and became the 10th agency (and smallest at the time) in the country to receive certification.
Management System X 3: implementing an integrated management system
The City of Lawrence, Kansas Wastewater Utility has recently achieved certification for a management system, which is consistent with the planned arrangements of ISO14001:2004 Environmental Management System, 18001:1999 Occupational Health and Safety Management System, and the National Biosolids Partnership EMS for Biosolids. Referred to as the Lawrence Wastewater Management System (LWWMS), it is the first management system in the country to be completely integrated.