Abstract

A method for treating wastewater sludge so that a stability based upon achieving a significant microbial population, conductivity level and percent solids, is developed rapidly, is provided for indefinitely and is independent of climatic conditions. A dewatered sludge that has not been treated (i.e., raw) or a sludge that has been treated to a PSRP level or a sludge that has been treated to a PFRP level, i.e., pasteurized or sterilized sludge when still in a wet condition, i.e., between 12%-30% solids, or when in a dry condition, i.e., between 30%-60% solids, is mixed with alkaline adsorptive materials to reduce odor, to increase the percent solids and to facilitate granulation, is adjusted to a mildly alkaline pH, and is adjusted to an ionic conductivity which will allow the sludge to mature rapidly when seeded with a beneficiating microbial flora. This process will reduce the pH of a high alkaline treated sludge, e.g., often above pH 12, to a physiological pH of between 7 and 9.5 or will raise the pH of a treated acid sludge to a similar range so that microbial activity can proceed to facilitate stability. Heat may be applied to the mixture to accelerate the carbonation and aid the overall drying process. The granular product, substantially due to its active microbial population, is useful as an agricultural product and topsoil blend.

Document Type

Patent

Primary Class

210/609

Secondary Class

71/9; 71/13; 71/22; 210/613; 210/631; 210/667; 210/710; 210/752; 210/764; 210/916

Application Number

07/839485

Filing Date

February 1992

Patent Number

US5275733

Assignee(s)

N-Viro Energy Systems Ltd.

Publication Date

1-4-1994

Patent Country

US

Language

en_US

Institution

The University of Toledo

Repository

University of Toledo Libraries

Digital Publisher

Digital Initiatives

Rights

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