Biocycle Farm Poplar Harvest: The first phase of harvesting poplar trees began in 2013 and continues today. It’s anticipated that harvesting this phase will be complete in 2015, and the land will then be farmed for grass crops. The poplar trees are an important part of the treatment process, providing a natural way to process biosolids. More information is available on the Biocycle Farm page.
Biogas Use Exploration: The MWMC will need to invest in the existing cogeneration system that produces electricity from methane gas created in the digesters. Staff has evaluated expansion of our electrical power generation capacity, the potential for selling biogas as a fuel to a local industrial user, and using biogas to make vehicle fuel. In the short term, expansion of our electrical power generation capacity may have the greatest feasibility. In the long term, use of biogas as a vehicle fuel may prove to offer the greatest overall community benefits. Staff continue to seek the best and highest uses for our biogas resources including the vehicle fuel market.
Digestor Capacity and Lagoon Decommission: This project is focused on increasing the MWMC's capacity to manage biosolids while accomodating periodic cleaning and maintenance events.The project will add a solids handling facility in addition to decommissioning an existing biosolids lagoon.
Operations and Maintenance Building Improvements: The MWMC is exploring options for updating its Operations and Maintenace (O&M) buildings to improve efficiencies and expand space. The existing buildings, located at the Water Pollution Control Facility, were origionally constructed in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Since the origional construction, the uses of the O&M buildings have changed substantially due to modifications in the workforce, technology, regulatory and program changes, and changes in staffing levels.
Thermal Load Mitigation (TLM) Project/Recycled Water Program: The TLM project studies thermal load (temperature) mitigation measures such as recycled water use and riparian shading. The Recycled Water Program, part of the TLM project, specifically assesses the feasibility of alternative uses for recycled water. Phase 2 of this assessment is currently being completed and includes evaluation of alternatives for recycled water use.