Management Challenges Affecting Agricultural Reuse of High-Strength Food Processing Wastewaters

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by Donald R. Fox, CH2M Hill, Redding, CA, USA,
Gary S. Nuss, CH2M Hill, Redding, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation Systems for the 21st Century

Abstract: Land treatment of high-strength food processing wastewaters is a viable pollution control technology. Due to the high-strength characteristics of these wastewaters, effective site management and development is critical for a successful land treatment system. An effective site management plan, conceived in the conceptual design phase of the project and implemented throughout the daily operations of the system can many times overcome the constraints of an otherwise unacceptable land treatment site. This paper focuses on the management challenges encountered during the system planning and design phases of a land treatment system for high-strength food processing wastewaters. A number of management options for site development are presented. Two case histories of food processing wastewater land treatment - tomato processing in the Central Valley, California, and wine processing in the Salinas Valley, California - are also discussed.

Subject Headings: Waste management | Industrial wastes | Wastewater management | Soil treatment | Land use | Agricultural wastes | Wastewater treatment plants | Wastewater treatment | North America | California | United States

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