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Recycling Wastewater to Irrigate California Botanical Gardens

A botanical garden in California is looking into recycling wastewater to combat droughts in the region. Descanso Gardens is a 67-Hectare botanical garden located in La Cañada Flintridge, Los Angeles County that has recently experienced a statewide drought and record-high temperatures that caused thousands of plant species to die. This prompted the property managers to…

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Phosphorus Recovery from Sewage Water

In the midwestern part of the U.S., farms produce a third of the world’s corn and soybean supply annually. Large agricultural fields like these require a huge volume of fertilizer to keep their crops healthy. Biosolids Fertilizer that is recovered from sewage water is composed of nitrogen and phosphorus that plants need to grow. The…

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University of British Columbia Turning Fatbergs to Fuel

One of the major environmental issues facing our planet today is the management, recycling or disposal of fatbergs in wastewater. The ideal state of zero-waste is still a great challenge for most countries and there is an urgent need to find financially viable and sustainable programs that can turn unwanted materials into useful products. What…

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College in Alberta Use Biosolids Biochar to Grow Crops

Creating biosolids biochar has been one of the main areas of study by researchers because of its potential as a medium for growing crops. Yet, there has been no deep analysis into how to feasibly produce biochar in sufficient quantities and quality to make it a viable and sustainable amendment. Nick Savidov, a researcher from…

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Toronto Prepares for Wastewater Storm Surges

The City of Toronto has been preparing contingency measures to address the effects of climate change in the coming years and one project that they proposed focuses on managing excess wastewater, particularly during storm surges. The City’s officials launched a storm water management program called the Don River and Central Waterfront and Connected Project which…

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Treating Biosolids With Microwaves

One of the challenges of treating biosolids is how to efficiently remove heavy metals to make it safe enough for use as organic fertilizer. If not filtered out adequately, these potential toxins can leach into the environment. Extracting these metals are expensive and can hinder the wider adoption of biosolids as a viable source for…

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Wastewater Management Through Blockchain

Our water resources should be safeguarded and properly managed to prevent accidental spills and leakages from ruining our environment and costing millions in taxpayer money. By using blockchain technology, we are one step closer to better managing our water sources as well as wastewater disposal and ensuring that the community will real the full benefits…

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Monitoring PFAS to Avoid Biosolids Contamination

A lot of concern has begun to focus on the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in water sources that could affect drinking water quality. Discovery and monitoring of PFAS levels has expanded to include wastewater and the subsequent effluent from the treatment process that could potentially lead to biosolids contamination. PFAS are man-made…

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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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