Biosolids Are Win-Win Situation
Spring is here – or pretty close to it – and that means in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Illinois, our staff is delivering biosolids to be applied to fields. That’s good news for the communities we serve – and great news for the farmers we work with who take advantage of our biosolid program. Those of you who work in this industry can appreciate how far we have come relative to turning treated wastewater into resources that reduce costs and put beneficial products back into the ecosystem. Biosolids land application is truly recycling. Like recycling glass, metal and paper, biosolids recycle nutrients, mitigating their once harmful effects. Nutrients are the leading cause of ground and surface water pollution, but when we recycle the nutrients through the use of biosolids, we lessen this pollution by reducing the quantity of nutrients put into the environment while promoting sustainable agriculture that replenishes the nutrients that have been taken out of the soil. Plus, the more waste that is converted into product, the less that needs to be landfilled. This is a win-win situation.
Science and research keep developing new ways to better the bottom line with regard to wastewater treatment. To illustrate my point, I encourage you to read our posts on Turning Wastewater Scum into a Profitable Resource and Wastewater: Tapping a Potential Source for Drinking Water. I’ll be interested in your thoughts and to hear of your experiences.
Chairman & CEO