Document includes an overview of current and future trends, outlines an action plan
The National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) have released a new report, Charting the Future of Biosolids Management. The 100-page document summarizes the discussions of a panel of experts who met at a special forum organized by WEF and the NBP last December. The downloadable report highlights current and future trends and offers recommendations for activities to help leverage the potential of biosolids management into the future.
To keep up with current needs, the practice and definition of biosolids management is undergoing fundamental changes. Today, there is an increased focus on biosolids as a renewable resource, which provides an opportunity to reinforce the practice as a valuable community resource in the context of not only renewable energy needs, and nutrient recovery but also in terms of urban sustainability interests and soil depletion.
Prepared by CDM, the report discusses this new approach in detail by examining several current and future trends in the areas of regulation and policy, technology, operations & maintenance, and training for professionals in the biosolids sector. It concludes with a recommended action plan that includes some tasks that will be taken on by WEF and the NBP, as well as others that might be taken up individually (or collaboratively) by WEF, the NBP, regional associations, researchers, regulators, consultants and/or utilities. The goal of the action plan is to support sustainable solids management for the benefit of the public and the environment.
For more information, visit www.biosolids.org.
Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF and its Member Associations proudly work to achieve our mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment.
SOURCE: Water Environment Federation (WEF) - WEFTEC 2017