Eliminating Pollution From Combined Sewer Overflows With Inlet Controls

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by Thomas R. Adams, Hydro Int Engineering Inc, Portland, ME, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering

Abstract: The problem of contamination of surface waters with storm and sanitary discharges from combined sewer systems has been one of the most difficult problems confronting environmental engineers, planners and funding agencies at the federal, state and local levels for many years. The problems have always been difficult to quantify and expensive to solve. Most solutions have relied primarily on new sewer construction to provide increased capacity to the combined systems or to supplement them with separate storm drains. The problem with these types of solutions, besides their high cost, is that they provide only partial abatement of the sewage loading to the receiving water into which they discharge. The inlet control system uses a number of relatively simple techniques to provide better solutions at a small fraction of the cost. (Author abstract. )

Subject Headings: Water pollution | Water discharge | Inlets (waterway) | Surface water | Storm sewers | Combined sewers | Control systems |

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