DATA MANAGEMENT FOR BIOSOLIDS LAND APPLICATION. THE PHILADELPHIA WATER DEPARTMENT EXPERIENCE
Abstract:The need for electronically-assisted data management for biosolids generators and land appliers is increasing at a rapid rate. Regulatory reporting requirements are more demanding, beneficial use programs are scrutinized by an ever-growing community of stakeholders, and time demands are driving the data management pressure cooker. This responsibility is most daunting for large land application programs containing many farms and fields.
The Philadelphia water Department (PWD) “Class B” biosolids recycling program contains 58 farms with more than 700 individual fields. Managing the data for this sizeable program is a considerable challenge. This presentation will review the evolution of data management strategies used by PWD to prescribe appropriate land application rates, document biosolids quality and field operations, and prepare required regulatory reports over the past 10+ years. Reports to the state environmental agencies will also be described.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2006
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