Manure Management -Turning a problem into a benefit

According to the ministry of the Environment, storage and land application of animal manure poses a “significant” threat to drinking water in Ontario.

The Clean Water Act is due to come into force in 2013 & 2014 which will see specific plans in place to manage the issue.

17 local source water committees have to develop the policies, put them out for public review and have the Ontario M.O.E approve them… all by June 2012.

This will require well and water course setbacks; reduced use of land and the reduction of manure run off.

The average dairy cow produces 11 pounds of volatile solids plus another 100 pounds of liquid a day.

We can process this in one of two ways to use the organics, reduced the odour and remove the pathogens or bacteria from impact on drinking water:

1.       Pass the total volume through an anaerobic digester and use the biogas to produce energy for use on the farm.

2.       Pass the liquid through an aerobic separator or septic bed allowing the liquid to be filtered by the drainage bed.

The key to the process is to apply the technology cost effectively in a way that addresses the M.O.E. regulations.

A clear set of rules, a simplified digester system and ruggedized equipment will get the farmer a workable solution… and perhaps some compensation by the province to the farmer as the water that is being provided to the community in part of the municipal utility.


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