If you are living in a community where there is a treatment facility for biosolids, you may be wondering how your rights as a citizen is being protected. After all, you have the right to access free and uncontaminated water. How sure are you that the water stream isn’t being tapped into by the local wastewater treatment plant? Only properly managed treatment facilities are going to be accepted in communities and neighborhoods.
If you want to know more about the treatment facilities, which mostly are government-owned and -managed, here are a couple of tips you can follow:
Ask for public documents
Since these are publicly-owned and -managed treatment facilities, all the documents pertaining to their management and their processes are accessible to the public. As a private citizen, all you need to do is to go to the local offices and request for a copy of the documents. Most facilities are willing to share their testing and process information, so that the community will further understand how the facility works, how it is being managed, and how it is beneficial to the neighborhood.
Do diligent research
If you want to know more about biosolids and their treatment plants, you need to do research. By simply browsing through the website of the US EPA or other websites from local municipalities, you will learn a lot about the different processes of treating wastewater sludge. If you are not confident with the information you will find on the internet, you can go to the public library and go through journals, newspaper clippings, and books about the treatment of wastewater sludge and the application of biosolids.
Learn through US EPA
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) is the leading government agency that regulates wastewater treatment plants and the management of biosolids. The US EPA is open to questions from the public, particularly pertaining to treatment facilities and biosolids management. It aims to open public consciousness about the benefits of biosolids and how it can help communities in the growth of their crops and vegetation.
It is important for everyone to know that a treatment facility in a neighborhood is being properly managed because it will ensure the benefits of biosolids application will be maximized. Every state has different regulations on biosolids processing, so you will have to check out additional regulations on biosolids from your local municipality and even journals published in-state.