Analysis of Regional Waste Treatment Systems

by Dennis W. Weeter,
James G. Belardi,

Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 1, Pg. 233-237

Document Type: Journal Paper


Numerous mathematical approaches have been taken toward solution of the regional wastewater treatment plant optimization problem. It is questioned whether seeking an optimum solution to this problem is justified, given cost uncertainties, environmental impact questions, and other considerations. The programming techniques involve a considerable amount of mathematical sophistication. Modification of these programs by planning agencies for some alteration to the system would be extremely difficult, if not impossible. Secondly, most of the techniques require long computational times, resulting in added coasts and inefficient use of the computer. Finally, the programs have various flaws when trying to apply their technique to an actual situation.

Subject Headings: Waste treatment | Regional analysis | Mathematics | Wastewater treatment plants | Environmental issues | Optimization models | Uncertainty principles | Computer programming

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