Proposed Standards: Land Disposal of Effluents

by John V. Betz, Asst. Prof. of Biology; Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, Florida,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1975, Vol. 45, Issue 5, Pg. 77-79

Document Type: Feature article


There are many alternatives to costly advanced waste treatment (AWT) systems. The most attractive of these is land disposal of the sewage effluents from secondary treatment plants. Land disposal is also potentially dangerous to all eco systems if it is not handled right. To minimize or eliminate such potential problems as polluting ground or surface waters, proper standards of land-disposal system design, construction and operation will be necessary. Florida has asked for input on what the criteria for control should be and a proposed standard has been drafted. Other states should find them interesting but must remember to take their respective regional constraints into account.

Subject Headings: Effluents | Waste treatment | Soil treatment | Land use | Sewage | Wastewater treatment plants | Groundwater pollution | Surface water | Florida | United States

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