KENT COUNTY SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (SMS) INFORMATION
2010 Biosolids Report
The 2010 biosolids report that provides information on the quality and quantity of biosolids produced by the Kent County Regional Watsewater Treatment Facility, the current status of the SMS, and the results of the third party audits conducted during 2010 can be downloaded through the link below:
2010 biosolids annual report
WASTEWATER FACILITY RECEIVES NBP, ISO AND OHSAS RECERTIFICATIONS
On December 7, 2005, the KCRWTF received the certificate that it had a NBP verified EMS and on January 25, 2009, the KCRWTF was awarded registration certificate renewals for the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards by KEMA. The KCRWTF is the first wastewater facility in the country to hold these two certifications along with the NBP certification. The links below provide the audit reports. The facility is the first public agency in the country to receive all three certifications. The ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 registrations were recertified on January 25, 2009.
Below are links to most current internal and third party audits under the EMS program
2011 ISO Recertification Audit
2011 OHSAS Recertification Audit
2011 NBP Reverification Audit
2011 Internal Audit
Kent County SMS Process
Kent County Department of Public Works (DPW) participated in the Third EMS Initiative for Local Governments (which was sponsored by the USEPA ,and the Global Environment & Technology Foundation, GETF). The plant modified their EMS in June 2003 to also participate in the National Biosolids Partnership's EMS program.
The plant, under the direction of the Kent County Levy Court Commissioners, mdoified the program further in January 2005 to add employee health and safety (H&S) to the program following OHSAS 18001 requirements. Sustainability was added as a commitment in 2008.
The SMS program was certified to the NBP requirements on December 7, 2005 and to the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards on January 25, 2006. The facility is the first in the country with all three certifications.
Relevant chapters of the SMS manual and copies of the audit reports can be found below:
An SMS is a set of management processes and procedures that allow an organization to analyze, control and reduce the environmental impacts and employee health and safety risks of its activities, products and services and operate with greater overall efficiency and control.
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Benefits of an SMS for Kent County include:
- Better cooperation with Kent County DPW and DNREC and EPA
- Improved public image with major stakeholders, including local farmers, environmental organizations, and the general public
- Improved operating and preventive maintenance efficiencies within the system
- Possible reduction in insurance rates
Information about SMS's for local governments can be found at the following websites: Peer Center and the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) program information can be found at NBP Website
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Kent County SMS Manual
Following the GETF/EPA format, and modifying the program to incorporate the NBP elements, the EMS program was developed in four distinct phases. Phase I began on January 21, 2003.
The program was certified to the NBP protocol in Decmeber 2005 and the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 protocols in January 2006 and recertified in January 2009.
Below find the pdf versions of the work instructions for each of the operating areas withi the KCRWTF. Please note that once the work instructions are printed, they are no longer considered controlled documents.
Biosolids Emergency Shutdown Procedures
Biosolids Dewatering Procedure
Biosolids Lime Activation and Conveyor Procedure
Biosolids Pasteurization Procedure
Biosolids Work Instructions
Pump Station 3 Bypass Piping
Pump Station 3 transfer switch
SOP For Pump Inspection
Transferring power at pump stations
Use of Godwin pumps
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Sanitary Sewer Overflow
Spill Control Plan for Transportation Permit
Pretreatment Sampling Procedure
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