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EVALUATING SUSTAINABILITY OPTIONS FOR WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS

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Sustainability is a relatively new term for most wastewater engineers. One of the most critical factors in sustainable design for wastewater treatment systems is the awareness of the basic sustainability design factors and how to sensibly incorporate those factors into projects. This paper will help build awareness of the concepts that promote sustainable design and will follow up with a case study of a small food industry lagoon wastewater treatment system in Minnesota. Lagoons have a history as highly economical solutions because their processes are nearer to nature than most treatment systems. This paper looks at the planning process and how alternatives are selected considering sustainable principles. Examples of sustainable design concepts presented use accepted wastewater treatment design principles.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864708788808447

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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