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Slug and Spill Prevention Using Suspended Solids and Conductivity Sensors

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A dairy product manufacturer retained the authors to develop and evaluate options for responding to an Administrative Compliance Order regarding a product spill that had occurred in October 2005. The Administrative Compliance Order was issued by the sewer utility to protect its treatment plant from general and accidental discharges that may be detrimental to the plant's performance. The project strategy included continuous monitoring of sewered effluents together with rapid notification of significant spills immediate notification in advance of the spill reaching the treatment plant. Based on calculations and bench testing, a 500-gallon slug of product can be detected using a combination of suspended solids and conductivity sensors. This alternative was regarded to be much more cost effective that diversion and/or treatment options.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2008

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