Biosolids Application to Dry Land Winter Wheat
BiosolidsThe average person in the United States uses approximately 100 gallons of water per day - washing hands, dishes, laundry, prepping food, showering, etc. Unless they use a septic system, all of this water is piped to their local wastewater treatment plant for processing. While many people think only of the treated water discharged into a river or bay, the biosolids portion of wastewater treatment is equally important.
Modern wastewater treatment plants are technologically advanced facilities that require a great deal of knowledge and skill to operate. The wastewater treatment process creates a solid product that is a beneficial resource known as biosolids. Biosolids are not poop. They may have started out as poop, but through treatment processes they are refined and become a stable and valuable source of nutrients that feed and improve soil to support plant life and crops.
Biosolids are a valuable resource because they contain important nutrients for plant growth and soil fertility such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and organic matter as well as essential nutrients such as copper, iron, molybdenum, and zinc. Biosolids are a great soil conditioner. They contain slow-releasing nutrients that are more eco-friendly than chemical fertilizers because they add organic matter to enrich depleted soils and fibrous matter to improve the soil's ability to hold water. This important recycled product can be used as a fertilizer and soil amendment on agricultural land, forests, mine and land reclamation sites. Treated biosolids come in various forms such as, rich moist soil, dried pellets, liquid, or compost.
Biosolids are a local and renewable resource. Their reuse is the ultimate in recycling. We are taking something that was considered a waste, treating it, and converting it to a valuable product and using it to benefit the environment.
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