The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District in Wisconsin markets its biosolids as "Milorganite." DC Water in Washington, D.C., recently launched "Bloom." And now, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago is looking to join these and other water agencies in naming its locally produced products.

Thanks to recent regulation changes in Illinois, MWRD biosolids can now be sold, and the agency is turning to the public for help in naming its Exceptional Quality (EQ) biosolids and EQ biosolids blend, which is composted with woodchips.

Contestants are urged to be appropriate, but creative. The deadline is Aug. 30, 2016. To submit a name, contact public.affairs@mwrd.org or find MWRD on Facebook or Twitter.

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"At a time when there is growing scrutiny over fertilizers and pesticides, we are supporting a natural trend that is both resourceful to our environment and also our taxpayers," says MWRD President Mariyana Spyropoulos. "We encourage the public to enter the contest today and have fun knowing they are part of this most interesting and unusual cycle of life."

MWRD biosolids are a high-quality product of the wastewater treatment process that can be recovered and turned into a valuable resource for plants. Air-dried biosolids looks like dark, fine-textured topsoil and is a sustainable alternative to chemical fertilizers. Instead of being trucked to a landfill or deposited in waterways, the biosolids can be used almost anywhere soil amendments and chemical fertilizers would be used — only more effectively and at a fraction of the cost. Golf courses, athletic fields, parks and recreational facilities and agricultural and farm fields have used MWRD biosolids. The biosolids have also been used to restore brownfields and other disturbed lands.

The legislation, which was signed last year by Gov. Bruce Rauner, amends the Illinois Environmental Protection Act to create a new definition of EQ biosolids. The MWRD worked with the IEPA, Illinois Department of Agriculture and several environmental groups to develop the legislation after gaining approval from the EPA and other environmental regulators. The approval affirms the rigorous testing EQ biosolids have undergone and ensures its safety and effectiveness.

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MWRD reserves discretion in naming this product.

About the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Established in 1889, MWRD is an award-winning, special purpose government agency responsible for wastewater treatment and stormwater management in Cook County, Illinois.


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