The City of Winnipeg is developing a Biosolids Land Application program and is exploring opportunities in the area west and southwest of Winnipeg such as the R.M. of Macdonald and the R.M. of Cartier. Biosolids are a nutrient-rich, solid by-product of wastewater treatment. Applying biosolids to farmland brings much needed nutrients to the soil and provides an opportunity to reuse wastewater biosolids instead of disposing them in the landfill. Biosolids land application is a safe, sustainable, provincially regulated strategy for biosolids management.
The Biosolids Land Application program includes three phases:
- Phase one, which began in early 2017, includes public engagement and applying for an Environment Act Licence from the Province of Manitoba.
- Phase two is scheduled to begin in fall 2017 and includes a pilot project, which will have 5,000 wet tonnes (WT) of biosolids applied to farmland.
- Phase three includes a plan for a 20,000 WT per year, three-year land application program, after successful completion of phase one and phase two.