Mar 02, 2012

MWRD Sponsoring Biosolids Reuse Competition

Applicants evaluated on cost-effectiveness, promotion, education

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is accepting applications for its 2012 Biosolids Beneficial Reuse Awards until March 30, 2012.

MWRD biosolids are a safe byproduct of the water treatment process that can be used to improve soil fertility and soil-moisture-holding capacity. MWRD biosolids can be used to fertilize agricultural land, provide organic matter and nutrients to sod farms and for construction of golf courses, parks and athletic fields.

These awards recognize individuals, park districts, villages, schools, golf courses, athletic clubs, turf grass maintenance companies and other entities for their efforts to maximize the benefits that the MWRD Biosolids Beneficial Reuse program brings to their operations and communities. Activities completed after January 1, 2007 are eligible for the awards.

The beneficial reuse of biosolids can be demonstrated by meeting any one or a combination of the following standards:

         ·Continuous commitment to maximize and improve the cost-effectiveness of using biosolids;

         ·Promotion, such as but not limited to, referrals and field demonstrations; and

         ·Community education regarding the benefits of biosolids.

Two separate awards will be given, one for an individual and one for an organization.  An individual or organization is eligible to receive an award once every five years.

“MWRD’s biosolids production is the largest of its kind in the country,” said David St. Pierre, MWRD Executive Director. “This year, we will remove and process approximately 225,000 dry tons of concentrated sewage through our three handling facilities and we will produce over 135,000 dry tons of biosolids for beneficial use. We are able to have such an efficient organization because we have extremely dedicated staff.”

Applications will be evaluated based on the innovative use of biosolids, the extent (amount, duration, and percent of operation) of biosolids use, activities and capital investment that demonstrate long-term commitment and promotional and educational techniques within the community. Include results using figures, illustrations, narrative, and photos. The evaluation process may include a site visit.

Awards will be presented at a May 2012 MWRD board meeting.

For more information or to submit an application, write to Dr. Lakhwinder Hundal, MWRD, 6001 W. Pershing Road, Cicero, IL  60804 or call Dr. Hundal at (708) 588-4201.