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NARRATIVE:  
1) The CCMUA has implemented an ISO-14001 environmental management system which defines our 
agencies goals to be:  

 

water quality optimization 

 

odor minimization 

 

cost efficiency 

 

community service  

 

minimization of carbon footprint and maximization of resiliency  

  
In implementing its EMS, the CCMUA's strategy has been to make sure that (1) the company's 
overarching goals are clearly articulated throughout the agency from top management down to the line 
workers; (2) specific improvement strategies move up from the line workers and middle managers who 
know their aspects of the organization's work best, to top management; and (3) make sure that that 
workers at all levels have the right equipment and resources to meet their goals.  CCMUA employees 
know that their job involves protecting the water quality of Camden County's rivers and streams, and 
protecting our neighbors from odors.  And, that, ultimately, our agency's goals are to do our part to help 
save the planet and make a positive difference for the communities that we serve.    
  
In addition, the CCMUA is not only committed to doing its part within our service area but we have also 
served on national boards (NACWA) and committees dedicated to improving the performance of the 
entire clean water industry, including environmental justice, climate change, environmental 
management systems and the Utility of the Future initiative.  In summary, our organizational culture is 
based on the principle of using our resources to make a positive difference for the environment, for the 
people we serve and for the clean water industry.  
  
2) Beneficial Solids Use—Because of the very close proximity (100 yards or so) of the CCMUA's 
wastewater treatment plant to a residential community, the CCMUA's main biosolids goal has been to 
optimize biosolids production in order to reduce odor potential.  The first step we took was to replace 
our secondary thickening centrifuges with gravity belt thickeners.  We also significantly upgraded our 
belt filter presses.  This reduced the amount of sludge cake that we generated from 220 tons per day at 
18% to about 160 tons per day at 25%.  As a result, we were capturing the same amount of solids but 
reducing the number of sludge hauling events by about 30%.   Then, we added a sludge drying facility 
which further reduced the 160 tons per day of sludge cake to 40 tons of dried biosolids.   This 
significantly reduced the odor potential of the plant.  Moreover, the dried biosolids are now a Class A 
byproduct.  We send this byproduct to a cement kiln in Maryland which uses the biosolids in lieu of coal, 
thereby reducing carbon footprint.   Finally, we are in the process of constructing a sludge digestion