City Looks to Private Sector for Biosolids Management

City of WinnipegThe City of Winnipeg is reaching out to the private sector for proposals on reusable uses for biosolids.

The city’s three sewage treatment plants produced about 13,500 dry tonnes of biosolids in 2012, and is expected to increase to 23,000 dry tonnes by 2037.

The city is required by the province to submit a biosolids master plan by October 2, 2014.

A plan by the city to manage biosolids is already underway, including asking the province to allow it to resume applying biosolids to the land.

A $7 million, two-year pilot program to compost biosolids at the Brady Road Resource Management Facility has also started, which will be able to compost 20% of the biosolids.

The deadline for proposals from the private sector is the end of September. The public will have a chance to weigh in on the options in early 2014 before they’re submitted to the province.