Is there a biosolids treatment plant in your neighborhood? How will you know it’s well-managed? What’s your reaction to it? Are you comfortable having one right in the neighborhood where you live in? It isn’t really easy to accept the presence of treatment plants in a neighborhood because there are a lot of misconceptions about them, mainly the odor that they produce and the possible pathogens their processes could release to the soil and water nearby.
If the facility in your neighborhood is well-managed, you would know and notice because there is no odor emanating from the plant. Remember that biosolids come from sewage sludge, which is basically a combination of solid waste and wastewater from households (not industries, okay?). When these are processed, the breaking down of the sewage sludge creates a putrid smell. Living near such a facility does not bode well for many and that is quite understandable. But by using new and modern technologies, facilities can prevent their processes from creating this foul odor.
No loud machines
Treatment plants use massive machines to process the sewage sludge and turn it into the organic fertilizers that biosolids have become. As such, some of these machines could create noise from time to time. This is one of the issues that may crop up regarding the presence of treatment plants in neighborhoods. Thanks, however, to modern technologies, this should not be a problem anymore. The ability of new technologies to produce biosolids without odor and noise should be lauded as it opens societies to welcoming the treatment processes.
Transit is scheduled during nighttime
The manager of the treatment facility should know better than schedule the transit of the end products during daytime when everybody is going through their days. Nobody wants to encounter massive trucks carrying biosolids to be transported to different parts of the state. Not only do they pollute the highways, but the transit could create problems.
No problems in water and sewage systems
The presence of treatment plants could possible bring the issue of water and sewage systems to the surface. Thankfully, regulations demand that biosolids treatment facilities establish their own waterways, so as not to impede in the systems specifically created for the general public. The same can be said with regards to the sewage system because plants are regulated to tap into the sewage system using different pipes. Any neighborhood would probably be more welcoming to the presence of treatment facilities if problems with the water and sewage systems are keep to a minimum or none at all.