Minimizing Treatment Costs in Multiplant Settings

by J. Jeffrey Peirce, Visiting Asst. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Duke Univ., Durham, N.C.,
Martin H. David, Prof. of Economic factors; Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc.,
Erhard F. Joeres, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. and Environmental Engrg.; Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 2, Pg. 427-438

Document Type: Journal Paper


Methods for deriving least cost operating schedules for wastewater treatment facilities are developed and compared. The simplicity of two of the methods makes them especially attractive when such schedules are sought for small groups of polluters. Iterative policy derivation is shown for such a group operating under continuously variably processes, as well as an extension to the case of communities operating facilities having only discrete treatment configuration options. The methods are proposed as tools to facilitate local management of municipal wastewater treatment facilities. Treatment cost savings are achieved through the proxy retional treatment contracts advocated by this approach. A case study of phosphorus removal in Wisconsin's Lake Michigan Watershed is presented.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Wastewater treatment plants | Water treatment plants | Scheduling | Wastewater treatment | Municipal wastewater | Waste management | Contracts | Lake Michigan | Great Lakes

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