Sudbury has been recognized by the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) for its biosolids management plan.
“CAMA is pleased to recognize the administrative excellence demonstrated by Greater Sudbury and its ability to rise to changing environmental standards,” said CAMA president Jean Savard in a news release.
This is the second time the biosolids project has been recognized. Last fall, the facility won the 2013 Chuck Wills Award for innovation and excellence by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. The $62-million project was the first P3 project for the city and the first P3 biosolids project in Canada.
After using a mining tailings pond for sludge from its wastewater treatment facilities for more than 30 years, the city was required to find an alternate solution due to changing environmental standards.
The city and its partner, N-Viro Sudbury LP, came up with a plan that included the expansion of a rock tunnel to eliminate several lift stations.
Sudbury came out on top in the category for cities with populations of 100,000 or higher; a total of 47 entries were submitted, while eight awards were given.