Simplified Water Treatment Plant Design

by Robert L. White,
N. L. Presecan,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Appropriate Technology in Water Supply and Waste Disposal


The building of succeeding generations of sophisticated water and waste water plants, usually containing complex and energy intensive equipment, has been one of the marks of technically advancing countries. And yet, one of the most common problems is that adequately trained personnel are unavailable to operate these plants and another is that the equipment is in many cases costly to install and to maintain. In addition, even with competent operators, too often plants; another is that the equipment is in many to operate because of the wide variety of options provided to the operator. The purpose of this paper is to describe one approach to plant simplification, in this case a water treatment, without penalizing cost, throughput or effluent quality. In fact in the ensuing discussion it will be demonstrated that increased return on investment results when simplification occurs.

Subject Headings: Equipment and machinery | Water treatment plants | Hydraulic design | Water quality | Wastewater management | Wastewater treatment plants | Hydro power | Power plants

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