The Grand Valley Regional Biosolids Authority

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The Grand Valley Regional Biosolids Authority (GVRBA) manages residuals from the Grand Rapids Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Wyoming Clean Water Plant. Collectively, these two facilities treat approximately 62 million gallons of wastewater a day and serve approximately 416,000 residents throughout several communities in West Michigan.

During the process of wastewater treatment, various organic and inorganic solids are produced. These solids, called residuals, undergo further treatment and processing and are turned into biosolids. The GVRBA manages this further treatment and final disposition of biosolids. Currently, biosolids are either land applied (as fertilizer) on thousands of acres of farmland in west Michigan or are transferred to landfills for energy recovery. Approximately 50,000 wet tons of biosolids are processed on an annual basis.

The GVRBA is governed by a Board of Directors. A Project Manager and Operations Team manages the day-to-day operations of the facility. GVRBA-owned facilities include a pumping station at the Wyoming Clean Water Plant, a dewatering facility located at the Grand Rapids Wastewater Treatment Plant, and a 3-mile pipeline connecting the pumping station to the dewatering facility.