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Nashville's Metro Water Services (Metro) is currently engaged in a process to develop longterm biosolids processing facilities and management strategies to carry the utility well into the twenty-first century. Over the last decade, other infrastructure improvements were the priority, with biosolids management facilities improvements kept at a minimum. Contract operations were heavily relied upon for solids management. In some cases, contract operations were poorly managed, resulting in unwanted attention to biosolids management for Metro, which nonetheless bore ultimate responsibility in the eyes of the media and the community for the unacceptable performance of its contractors.

With the election of a new Mayor who based his campaign on a platform that promised neighborhoods first, biosolids management quickly became a critical issue for Metro. Therefore, in 2001 Metro launched a planning process to establish a long-term biosolids management plan and lay the groundwork for implementation of that plan. This paper presents the highlights of the steps taken to date towards development and implementation of that plan. Highlights will include the results of a detailed alternatives evaluation; results of a public opinion survey regarding wastewater treatment issues; and interim steps planned to make existing facilities more neighborhood-friendly.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2003-01-01

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