Cultivation of Christmas Trees Using Reclaimed Municipal Wastewater

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by Stephen P. Shelton, Univ of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, USA,
Keith G. Parnell, Univ of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering

Abstract: This investigation was initiated to identify benefits and limitations associated with application of reclaimed domestic wastewater to a crop of improved Virginia pine christmas trees. The reclaimed wastewater received biological treatment in an extended aeration system followed by a polishing/storage lagoon. The findings of this investigation should improve the data base relative to the impact of reclaimed wastewater application upon agriculturally-poor, sandy-soil regions in the South. Three key components were evaluated to determine the impact of both irrigation and nutrient augmentation from the reclaimed wastewater. These included the wastewater characteristics, soil characteristics, and agronomic aspects of the trees.

Subject Headings: Water reclamation | Municipal wastewater | Trees | Wastewater treatment | Soil treatment | Soil properties | Biological processes | Aeration | North America | Virginia | United States

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