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Improving Niagara Biosolids Processing through Strategic Partnerships

The regional government of Niagara has been developing a plan of improving Niagara biosolids processing and wastewater management, with the help of private enterprise, to adequately service their community. The Niagara Region is a regional municipality which covers an area of approximately 715-square-miles straddling the isthmus between lakes Erie and Ontario. On the eastern border…

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Repurposing Vancouver Biosolids

The City of Vancouver is setting out on a plan to repurpose Vancouver biosolids that are currently being produced by five wastewater treatment plants. This is in anticipation of population growth and the changing needs of the community. The region’s five wastewater treatment plants have processed more than 450 billion litres of sewage and generated…

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Safely Handling Biosolids

Sewage has always been a perpetual problem for cities today because of the risk it could bring to the health of the community and the environment if proper measures are not taken to manage it appropriately. It is important to develop best practices in safely handling biosolids for workers who come in close contact with…

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New Method of Removing Pharmaceuticals from Wastewater

One of the growing concerns with water pollution is the increasing presence of pharmaceuticals in wastewater. If not properly filtered, pharmaceuticals can end up in water sources and can have negative consequences to human health, the environment and ecosystems. Thus many researchers and scientists are in a race to find a new method of removing…

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Proper Biosolids Management for Human Health and Environmental Sustainability

Biosolids are ubiquitous throughout human civilization. It has constantly been around for centuries and there have been several ways that it was managed in the past. With the steady growth of population comes new challenges to proper biosolids management. One issue is the growing complexity of biosolids composition. Biosolids contain around 70% to 98% water….

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New Technology Can Help Remove Microplastics in Sewage Sludge

Plastic, by design, is durable and non-biodegradable. It is these specific characteristics that make plastic waste products a danger to the environment, especially microplastics, as they will not easily disappear over time. It is a persistent condition that is being addressed by recycling and the use of plastic alternatives today. However, aside from recyclable single-use…

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Study Proves Nutrient Runoff from Inorganic Fertilizers are Far Worse than Biosolids

Biosolids and inorganic fertilizers have both been a boon for the agricultural industry because they are able to bump up crop output and increase food production. But nutrient runoff from farmlands treated with fertilizers can have a devastating effect on surface water in nearby areas because of the risk of algal blooms. Researchers from the…

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High Meat Consumption Contributing to Worsening Algal Blooms

Every year, forecasts are released detailing the formation of so called “dead zones” or areas with severe algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico, the Chesapeake Bay, and Lake Erie. This data is collected by universities, research institutions, and government agencies to provide a report on the health of these critically important bodies of water….

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Benefits of Microalgae in Sewage Treatment and Biofuel Production

With the exponential growth of human population around the world, the environment has been going through detrimental changes that will have lasting effects for many generations. Dwindling fossil fuel sources, an ever-expanding carbon emissions footprint, and the large volumes of waste byproducts has made a significant impact on the ecology. New research is currently being…

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EU Pushing for Balanced Nutrient Levels in Biosolids Farm Fertilizers

The future of food production has increasingly become reliant on the sustainable and natural nutrients provided by biosolids farm fertilizers. Biosolids, which come from sewage effluent, are an abundant source of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus that are key in crop growth. This method of reprocessing waste into usable products is the essence of…

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