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The Ocean County Utilities Authority (OCUA) service area is located in one of the fastest growing areas in New Jersey. To address concerns on whether the OCUA current biosolids handling practices and the production of a Class A pelletized product would handle future needs, OCUA undertook with the assistance of Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. (CDM), the preparation of an Authority-wide Biosolids Management Plan.

The OCUA owns and operates three wastewater treatment plants ranging in size from 20 million gallons a day (MGD) to 32 MGD. The three treatment plants combined produce approximately 9,000 dry tons per year of biosolids. The biosolids at two of the facilities is digested, thickened and hauled to the Central Water Pollution Control Facility where it is blended with their thickened digested biosolids, dewatered and dried using rotary dryers to produce a pellet known as OCEANGRO®. The product is sold to fertilizer manufacturers, bagger blenders, golf courses and retail stores. Some product is provided at little to no cost to area farmers and municipalities.

The primary goal of this study was to determine whether OCUA should continue their process of hauling biosolids to the CWPCF, blending, dewatering and drying; or whether some other cost-effective reliable alternative exists that could either supplement or replace the existing process to address future loadings.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-01-01

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