Benefits of Using Biosolids

Biosolids contain nutrients, such as nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and other trace elements, all of which are essential in productive agricultural soils. They also contain organic matter. Organic matter plays an important role in soil structure by improving moisture retention, tilth or soil workability and enhancing plant uptake of nutrients and minerals. All of these components are depleted in agricultural soils by continuous cropping, weather conditions and erosion.

Utilizing biosolids on farmland saves a farmer the cost of purchasing commercial fertilizers by providing nutrients and trace minerals that are required by plants to grow. Organic matter, an important soil binding agent that cannot be artificially manufactured, is also found in biosolids.
A farmer's understanding of these benefits plays a key role in the success of the program.

Municipalities benefit from the utilization of sewage biosolids on agricultural lands by recycling a treatment process by-product in a cost-effective manner. Society, in general, benefits from the reduced pressure on costs to provide wastewater treatment, by rejuvenating depleted soil resources and assisting farmers in keeping their operations viable