In 2010, the CCMUA became a National Biosolids Partnership (NPB) Certified Environmental Management System Agencyin recognition of its commitment to environmental performance and community service. Certification from the National Biosolids Partnership—a joint venture between the United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Association of Clean Water Agencies,and the Water Environment Federation—is a tremendous honor for water and wastewater utilities. At the time of its certification, the CCMUA was the first water or wastewater utility in the State of New Jersey–and only the 31st agency, out of over 14,000 utilities–to receive this prestigious national honor. The CCMUA has since been certified at the Platinum (highest) level.
In general, an Environmental Management System is a management program designed to identify a utility’s most important priorities, and then ensure that the utility’s resources are harnessed toward meeting those top priorities and continually improving performance.
The CCMUA’s five most important priorities are:
- Optimizing water quality performance in order to protect the rivers and streams of Camden County
- Optimizing odor control performance in order to minimize adverse impact to our neighboring community
- Maximizing cost efficiencies for the benefit of our ratepayers, without sacrificing environmental performance
- Community service
- Reducing our carbon footprint, and our corresponding vulnerability, to climate change by increasing resiliency
Since the CCMUA implemented an Environmental Management System, it has:
- Reduced the impact of sludge hauling traffic and odors on the surrounding neighborhood by removing more water (and therefore more volume) from the sludge, leaving 24.8% of the original material having to be hauled away rather than 27% as before. In addition, suspended solids levels in the effluent have been reduced 35 percent from 9.3 parts per million in 2010 to about 6.0 parts per million as of June 2014.
- Improved odor control performance by installing approximately $20 million in new odor control equipment and also implementing institutional and operational controls to improve performance.
- Reduced operating costs such that the CCMUA’s user rate is actually lower than it was in 1996 after considering the effects of inflation. Specifically, the CCMUA has held its rate for 15 years, during this period while simultaneously improving environmental performance.
The CCMUA has completed a new sludge drying facility which reduced its operating costs and also reduced odors. The CCMUA also has installed 1.8 million watts of solar panels which supply 10% of the energy needs at the treatment plant. The CCMUA is continually seeking opportunities to improve environmental performance and minimize cost to its ratepayers.
Environmental Management System Manual
- Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority Environmental Management System Manual (2018) (PDF)
Slide Presentation on CCMUA Environmental Management System
- Implementing an Environmental Management System (PDF slide show) by Andrew Kricun, PE, Executive Director
EPA Report on EMS Case Studies including CCMUA
- “Environmental Management Systems: Assisting Wastewater and Drinking Water Facilities Achieve Environmental Excellence,” EMS Case Studies in the Public Water Sector, Global Environment & Technology Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water, 2005 (PDF)
Article in Treatment Plant Operator magazine, featuring CCMUA
- CCMUA 2017 Performance Report
- Internal Audit Report (Solids Handling Storage and Transportation) May 18, 2017
- Internal Audit Report (Communication & Outreach) January 20, 2017
- CCMUA 2016 Performance Report
- ISO 14001 Internal Audit Report: Wastewater Treatment and Solids Generation August 19, 2016
- CCMUA 2015 Performance Report
- Biosolids EMS Interim Audit Feb 29, 2016
- Internal Audit Report Jan 21, 2016
- CCMUA 2013 Performance Report
- Internal Audit Report Jan 14 2014
- Biosolids EMS Interim Audit Dec 23, 2013
- CCMUA 2012 Performance Report
- Biosolids EMS Interim Audit Dec 12, 2012
- Internal Audit Report Sept 5 2012