Water UK calls for biosolids assurance scheme
The water industry needs a new biosolids assurance scheme to facilitate their wider use in agriculture, according to Anglian Water's Simon Black, chair of Water UK’s Biosolids Network. Speaking at the packed END-O-SLUDG conference in London on December 3, Black said the time was now right to “package legislative and non- legislative requirements” into a “farm assurance scheme” in order to “achieve consistency across the water industry, securing nutrients and protecting the environment".
Addressing delegates at the event, which focused on a recent EU research project to identify best practice in sludge and phosphorus management, Black said that Anglian Water’s customers’ perception of biosolids was changing: “When you explain the water cycle to customers there is a very positive response.
“For 15 or so years there has been concern from the food industry around perception and the likely impact on certain brands in the event of a food-scare regarding biosolids.”
There is a need for change, Black said, explaining that the water industry needed to market around the “slow-release” properties of biosolid-based fertilisers that can be applied in sensitive catchments. He highlighted work Anglian was doing to “rebrand as a water recycling service” that returns valuable products to the environment.
A second conference on END-O-SLUDG takes place in Brussels on December 11.
More on END-O-SLUDG in December’s WWT digital edition.
- Upstream reform could impact new water company entrants Reform of the UK water sector's upstream activities, such as water resourcing and sludge treatment and disposal, is... Read More >
- UU issues £80M tender for changes to Royton and Oldham WwTWs United Utilities has issued an OJEU tender concerning wastewater treatment plant construction work at Royton and Oldham.... Read More >
- Yorkshire Water tenders two design and build projects Yorkshire Water has announced OJEU tender opportunities with an estimated value of around £80M at two locations for a... Read More >
- Going green at Severn Trent's Minworth STW With a £60 million investment aimed at producing 30 per cent more green energy from its largest sewage treatment works,... Read More >
- New dimensions: How BIM drove Scottish Water's Tullich WTW project With ESD making extensive use of BIM including 4D visualisation tools, Scottish Water has successfully completed a £29... Read More >
- Microplastics: Plastics, plastics everywhere There is growing evidence that microplastics passed on through our wastewater have become widespread in aquatic... Read More >
- Offsite build powers South East Water's £22M treatment works expansion South East Water's expansion of Bray Keleher Water Treatment Works is in full swing, with offsite manufacture aiding... Read More >
- Innovation Zone: Pesticide protection Metaldehyde cannot be removed effectively with standard drinking water treatment processes, but there are technologies... Read More >