FORT WORTH, TEXAS ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (EMS) EXPERIENCE and UP-DATE

Author: Rockers, Gary F.

Source: Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, Residuals and Biosolids Management 2002 , pp. 145-153(9)

Publisher: Water Environment Federation

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Abstract:

The Village Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (VCWWTP) in Fort Worth, Texas continues the City's century long commitment to water resource protection. Village Creek serves a population equivalent of 1,000,000 people, which includes the City of Fort Worth and 23 neighboring wholesale customer cities. The plant has a rated capacity of 166 million gallons per day and uses a conventional activated sludge process. Approximately 115 dry tons per day of solids are removed during the treatment process, and are degritted, thickened and anaerobically digested.

Since wastewater treatment began in Fort Worth in the 1920's, the organic solids resulting from the wastewater treatment process (biosolids) have never been buried in landfills as method of disposal. Instead, biosolids have been and continue to be returned to the Texas prairies and grasslands through an award winning public/privatized beneficial reuse/recycling program.

Over the years, Village Creek has progressively and effectively implemented various biosolid treatment and dewatering processes and beneficial reuse/recycling agreements, programs and contracts in order to meet and exceed ever changing and expanding regulatory requirements.

Today, 100% of the Plant's daily biosolid production is dewatered, stabilized (to meet Class A, EQ quality), safely transported and beneficially reused/recycled by land application on area farm and ranch lands under a privatized contract.

In an effort to further promote the environmental importance and safety of biosolids fertilization to the general public, the City of Fort Worth is committed to participate as a demonstration project, with the National Biosolids Partnership, in the development of an Environmental Management System (EMS) for the Fort Worth Biosolids Program that is consistent with best management practices and the NBP's “Code of Good Practice”.

Participating in the NBP Environmental Management System (EMS) demonstration project offers numerous opportunities for the City of Fort Worth to advance and promote biosolids fertilization, increase public acceptance, enhance biosolids quality and offer safe environmental solutions in biosolids reuse/recycling.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864702785302366

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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