Mathematical Model for Water Pollution Control Studies

by Alvin S. Goodman,
William E. Dobbins,


Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1966, Vol. 92, Issue 6, Pg. 1-20


Document Type: Journal Paper

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Abstract: A methodology is proposed for studying the physical, economic, and administrative interrelationships of water-pollution control programs. A mathematical model is constructed for a stretch of river where bordering populations and industries use the flowing water for municipal water supply, procedures are used for evaluation of characteristics to facilitate repetitive calculations. The model is programmed for the electronic computer, which processes data efficiently and at low cost. Techniques are developed to obtain water pollution control plans that are optimal or nonoptimal with respect to cost. Based on examples examined in the paper, it appears that objectives for river water quality can be met at lower basin cost with various levels of sewage treatment for plants at different locations, than with a uniform requirement.

Subject Headings: Hydrologic models | Water pollution | Mathematical models | Municipal water | Water supply systems | Data processing | Mathematics | Rivers and streams

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