Environmental management system

An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a set of standard procedures and steps that biosolids managers use to ensure the environmental integrity of their biosolids program, improve the effectiveness of their operations, meet regulatory requirements, and address issues of concern to stakeholders and the public.

The EMS approach was developed by the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP), a nonprofit alliance of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and the Water Environment Federation, with advisory support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EBMUD has voluntarily adopted the NBP approach and committed to the 10 principles in its Code of Good Practice, to help ensure that our biosolids program runs as efficiently and effectively as possible.

EMS Audit Reports

In 2006, EBMUD became the thirteenth wastewater agency in the nation to be certified by the NBP. The District received our certification after successfully completing a third-party audit. In 2011, EBMUD completed a full-program reverification audit and was recertified by NBP for another five-year cycle. The findings from the verification audit describe the entire biosolids EMS and are found in the EBMUD Biosolids EMS Verification Audit Report below.

Interim audits are conducted each year to confirm that the District is continuing to improve and meet NBP program requirements. Every five years, a complete re-certification will be performed. The results of the interim audits are provided as PDFs files that can be viewed and printed through Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free software.

Performance Reports

Every year, EBMUD issues a Performance Report to interested parties on the status of the Biosolids Management Program, which can be found below.


EMS Manual

The EMS Manual is the framework for EBMUD's Biosolids EMS Program. The Manual is composed of 17 elements that define how the Biosolids EMS Program operates. Links to EBMUD's Biosolids EMS Manual, Biosolids Policy, and Goals and Objectives are provided below as PDF files that can be viewed and printed through Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free software.