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Using an Environmental Management System for Biosolids to “Raise the Bar”

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Abstract:

The Metro Wastewater Reclamation District (Metro District) provides wastewater treatment for about 1.5 million people in the Denver metro area. The Metro District treats about 130 million gallons of wastewater and produces about 80 dry tons of biosolids per day. As part of the biosolids management program, the Metro District voluntarily implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) for Biosolids Program through the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) and on July 30, 2005, became the eighth agency to have its EMS Program certified by the NBP.

The Metro District has “raised the bar” of its biosolids management program by utilizing an EMS for Biosolids Program. The Metro District's EMS for Biosolids Program has been fully operational since November 2002 and after four years, one year as a certified Program, the EMS Program has seen a number of improvements and the Metro District's overall biosolids management program has also seen improvements. The Metro District, like many other organizations, already had EMS-like components in place prior to participating in the NBP's EMS Program and although the EMS for Biosolids Program has set a standard for continual improvement, the Metro District has taken it one step further and “raised the bar” itself in a number of areas of its biosolids management operations.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2175/193864707787975949

Publication date: 2007-01-01

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