For biosolids management to be truly successful, every municipality has to follow the rules and regulations set forth by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Communities rely on these regulations for the treatment facilities and plants to be efficient and “considerate” on the way it interacts with the neighborhood in general, and the way it utilizes every resource at its disposal.
Follow safety protocols
Biosolids treatment plants and facilities cannot be built near waterways and near residential neighborhoods. This is regulated under government rules. This ensures that the water being used by residents will remain safe and untouched by the treatment plant. A treatment facility must also establish a separate water pipe system for their water supply.
Submit all requirements
Every now and then, the government would require the treatment plant to submit a list of requirements to update the data about their practices. As a facility, you should never compromise with the municipal government in terms of the submission of requirements. It is very easy for the EPA to order a treatment plant’s closure when information is not readily offered.
Consider the sentiments of the community
The community may not be easily persuaded to welcome the presence of a treatment plant. That should quite understandable because there is a concern among residents that the same waterpipes would be used by the treatment plant. The disposal of waste from the facility is also another issue because this could cause a rift between the municipal government and the residents.
Reduce odor as much as possible
As a treatment plant, you must work doubly hard to reduce the odor of the biosolids that you produce. This is a number one concern for the neighborhood where your facility will be likely in. So in order to avoid having these kinds of problems, your facility must work with new technologies that will produce biosolids that have a less pungent smell. This will help communities be more open and welcoming to the idea of having a treatment facility in their neighborhood.
Deliver and distribute properly-treated biosolids
The residents in the neighborhood may not have a problem in the treatment facility and the processes that happen there. But they may have an issue when the biosolids will have to come out of the plant for delivery and distribution. In this case, make sure that the transportation arrangement will follow the strict regulations put into place to avoid accidents.