The Lubbock, Texas, Land Treatment System

by R. H. Ramsey, III, Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX, USA,
J. Borrelli, Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX, USA,
C. B. Fedler, Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation Systems for the 21st Century


The land treatment system at Lubbock, Texas provides an excellent model for studying the response of a system to growth. It also provides insights and justification for current criteria used to design slow-rate land treatment systems. During the 62 years of operation, the Lubbock Land Treatment System responded to a substantial increase in the volume of effluent and changes in environmental concern for groundwater pollution. While certain problems persist, they have demonstrated that shortcomings in the system design can be turned into positive assets. Groundwater from beneath the treatment farms is used to provide flat water recreation and for irrigation of city parks and cemeteries.

Subject Headings: Water treatment | Soil treatment | Water-based recreation | Urban areas | Waste treatment | Permeability (soil) | Groundwater pollution | Municipal wastes | Texas | United States

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