Household Waste Characterization

by Kenneth Ligman, Design Engr.; Baxter & Woodman, Inc., Civ. and San. Engrs., Crystal Lake, IL,
Neil Hutzler, Grad. Student, San. Engrg.; Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI,
William C. Boyle, (M.ASCE), Prof., Civ. and Envir. Engrg.; Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI,

Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 1, Pg. 201-213

Document Type: Journal Paper


In order to effectively study alternatives to the treatment and disposal of wastewaters from individual homes, a study was conducted to evaluate the qualitative and quantitative characteristics of wastes generated by both rural and urban households. A survey of a number of households, in concert with the analysis of current information available in the literature, provided data to establish guidelines characterizing individual wastewater events within the home. A simulated wastewater was subsequently developed for further research on treatment and disposal alternatives.

Subject Headings: Domestic wastes | Municipal wastewater | Wastewater treatment | Municipal wastes | Waste disposal | Waste treatment | Rural areas | Geomatic surveys

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