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A new facility was constructed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport that would receive sanitary wastewater generated by commercial aircraft operations and would convey it to the sanitary sewer system. The wastewater is collected from aircraft via small lavatory carts, also referred to as biffy trucks, and is transferred to the aircraft waste receiving facility. The design of the facility presented challenges due to limited space, wastewater characteristics, and other considerations.

Through pre-design investigations, detailed design, construction, start-up, and operation, a number of important design parameters were established. These parameters are specific to aircraft wastewater receiving facilities and may aid in future design and operations of similar facilities throughout the United States. The most important considerations include: facility configuration, type of discharge (open or closed, gravity or vacuum), odor control, redundant equipment, adequate training, confirmation of biffy truck size and configuration, and ease of operation. Investigative studies are required prior to design to validate these considerations for each specific situation.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2005-01-01

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