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Our utility is committed to R&D of alternative uses for biosolids and achievement of Class-A certification.  
An example is the partnership between Pima County, University of Arizona and Magna Gro Class-A EPA 
PEC Approval, 2013:  PFRP Equivalency of the MagnaGro Process™ for the treatment of Dewatered 
Sludge/Biosolids at Pima County Green Valley Wastewater Reclamation Facility, Green Valley, AZ; study 
period 2008 - 2015 

Undertook a thorough investigation of DryVac low temperature-vacuum drying of undigested sludge to 
produce Class-A biosolids, 2015. 

Currently negotiating a pilot demonstration for a process known as EasySludge – A two-stage drying of 
undigested sludge to produce pelletized Class-A biosolids; the process utilizes a spiral dewatering system 
which recovers fluid, followed by a low temperature heat pump-based dryer. This activity is a joint Pima 
County- University of Arizona project; the period is 2016 – Ongoing. 

Performance Measures & Results  

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERING & ENGAGEMENT 

 

Partnerships in place with one or more community organizations, with specific name given to 
partnership and objectives for the partnership established (e.g., a formalized partnership among 
community transportation, parks, and land use organizations for the incorporation of green 
infrastructure to reduce flooding and overflows)  

 

Participation in projects with neighborhood groups/stakeholders to create recreational 
opportunities and community assets (e.g., parks, enhanced public space)  

 

Use of a Triple Bottom Line approach, including engagement with stakeholders, to analyze 
growth planning alternatives, considering financial, social, and environmental costs and benefits  

 

Participation in regular meetings with community stakeholders and offering of environmental 
education opportunities (e.g., river walks)  

 

Web presence established with social media engagement 

Our utility is actively engaged in statewide and national committees as well as local working groups that 
impact environmental permitting, water reuse, laboratory analysis, process control and emerging 
contaminant knowledge.  Key management staff serve on the Arizona Panel for Emerging Contaminants.  
This is a panel to safeguard communities from non-regulated contaminants that have a potential for 
causing adverse public health.  

Our utility is currently in year two of a five year program to engage citizens, and specifically high school 
students, to water quality issues and the significant roles water utilities play locally and nationally. This 
Bio-Science Academy reflects our utility’s commitment to continuous improvement, innovation and 
production of high quality water, and future workforce development.  This Bio-Science Academy is a 4-