USFilter partners with City of Goldsboro to supply $1.3M composting system

The city of Goldsboro, N.C. awarded USFilter a sole-source contract to supply a $1.3 million IPS composting system as part of the city's wastewater treatment expansion.

WARRENDALE, Penn., Sept. 21, 2001 — The city of Goldsboro, N.C. awarded USFilter a sole-source contract to supply a $1.3 million IPS composting system as part of the city's wastewater treatment expansion.

Typical of many growing communities, the city of Goldsboro needed to increase its wastewater treatment capability to ensure future growth and environmental safety. The expansion of the wastewater plant resulted in a second challenge-increased wastewater residual (biosolids) management.

Richard Slozak, manager of the city of Goldsboro said, "We wanted a long-term economical route for biosolids management. We selected USFilter's IPS composting system because they proved themselves, both in technical support and in technology." Slozak added, "We wanted a reliable technology partner to help us produce the beneficial end use compost product, and USFilter is helping us put organic waste to work for the environment and our bottom line."

Prior to selecting the USFilter technology, the city verified the system dependability by visiting other IPS Composting facilities to inspect and evaluate equipment performance.

The fully enclosed, IPS composting system mixes, shreds and moves the organic material through in-vessel composting bays. The compost system also incorporates an organic media biofilter that acts as a natural odor control system. The compost product meets the U.S. EPA standards for Class A and Vector Attraction Reduction (VAR).

Compost has characteristics that help to control erosion, establish and maintain turf, and improve soil chemistry and structure. The compost product is intended for landscaping, golf courses, nurseries, and other beneficial uses.

The city of Goldsboro will use the IPS composting system to process the biosolids from their wastewater treatment operations and the community yardwaste for reuse. Beneficial reuse of these composted materials will help protect the local watershed and reduce the overall cost associated with disposal of the biosolids.

The composting facility will process 12,500 tons of biosolids and 12,000 tons of yardwaste annually.

Paul Gormsen, USFilter's IPS business manager indicated, "By choosing composting to handle biosolids, the city of Goldsboro is the way for other municipalities that are confronted with similar biosolids disposal, and economic and environmental concerns."

The project team includes Arcadis, Geraghty and Miller, a consulting engineer located in Raleigh, N.C., handling the engineering and project management for both the wastewater treatment and biosolids composting projects, and Engineered Construction Company, general contractor, who began construction in Spring 2001.

USFilter has developed a number of innovative technologies to help municipalities manage their biosolids. Technologies from digestion to thermal treatment to composting turn wastewater residuals into high quality Class A biosolids that are safe for land application. USFilter's proven Class A biosolids technologies and research help communities across the country recycle material for return to the environment.

USFilter is a Vivendi Water company, the global provider of commercial, industrial, municipal and residential water and wastewater treatment systems, products and services, with operations in more than 100 countries. Together, Vivendi Water, Onyx (solid waste and industrial services), Dalkia (energy management), and Connex (transportation and logistics) comprise Vivendi Environnement, the largest environmental services company in the world with annual revenues of more than $23 billion. USFilter invites you to visit its web site at

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