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Research Area: Biosolids

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WE&RF 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.

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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.
WE&RF Residuals and Biosolids Research Summary
This list of completed, ongoing, and planned WE&RF Biosolids Research provides a comprehensive overview over two decades (1992-2016).
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.
WERF Begins Research on Priority Trace Organics in Biosolids
WERF has awarded McAvoy Consulting in Cincinnati, Ohio, with collaborators from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Florida, a contract to gather and generate data for priority trace organics in biosolids.

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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.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Design and Operation Modifications to Improve Management of Biosolids: Regrowth, Odors, and Sudden Increase in Indicator Organisms (SRSK4T08)
Investigates ways to manage regrowth, odors, and sudden increase of indicator and pathogenic bacteria in biosolids cake exposed to high-shear dewatering such as centrifuges.