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Research Area: Biosolids

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WRF will provide broadly applicable, user-friendly pathogen risk assessment and risk communications methodologies to its subscribers and local, state, and national officials to support evaluations and decisions regarding biosolids land application practices.

Latest News

WRF Biosolids Research Featured in TPO Magazine
Research Project NTRY11T15 looks to define and help enable the production of high quality, publicly-accepted biosolids.
Wastewater Bioenergy Project Selected by Department of Energy
A consortium led by WE&RF has been selected by the Department of Energy for award negotiations to begin Phase 1 design and planning for a pilot plant to produce clean hydrocarbon fuels at a municipal wastewater treatment facility.
WRF Residuals and Biosolids Research Summary
This list of completed, ongoing, and planned WRF Biosolids Research provides a comprehensive overview over two decades (1992-2018).
WE&RF’s John Willis Talks Biogas and Biosolids Solutions
Engineer and WE&RF Research Council member John Willis finds that often the most economical biogas and biosolids solutions are also the most sustainable in this TPO Magazine Q&A.
Biosolids Nutrient Management Workshop Begins Work to Develop Best Management Practices, Confront Phosphorus Loss from Agricultural Land
Representatives of wastewater treatment agencies, biosolids land appliers and consultants from across the state joined the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) to lay the groundwork for developing a biosolids nutrient management program for agricultural land.

Products & Tools

High Quality Biosolids from Wastewater Webcast: June 20, 2018
The Water Research Foundation's (WRF) "High Quality Biosolids from Wastewater" project team gave an update on the research findings for the first two years. Presentation materials are available for download.
A Blueprint for High-Tech Analysis of Low-Tech Methods for Sustainable Class A Biosolids Production: Phase 1 (NTRY11T15)
This research provides a blueprint for WRRFs interested in evaluating LCLT Class A biosolids treatment methods at the pilot scale and provides sampling parameters including the type of container to use, preservation, and maximum holding times.
High Quality Biosolids and the Power of Social Media
A new webinar held on December 15, 2016 gave examples of how social media and branding have been used to successfully promote biosolids. Videos including DC Water’s Bloom and King County’s Loop were featured.
High Quality Biosolids from Wastewater(NTRY7R15) - Fact Sheet
A new fact sheet is available to accompany High Quality Biosolids from Wastewater (NTRY7R15). The full report defines HQB criteria and provides guidance to develop a marketing template for water resource recovery facilities to characterize their local high-value fertilizer and amendment markets.
Genifuel Hydrothermal Processing Bench-Scale Technology Evaluation Project (LIFT6T14)
This study was conducted in order to determine if hydrothermal processing (HTP) technology has potential for treating wastewater solids.