Making Treatment Plants Work

by Enos L. Stover, Prof. of Environmental Engrg.; Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater, Okla.,
Brent Cowan, District Mgr.; Scholler, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 3, Pg. 64-67

Document Type: Feature article


For the most part, past design criteria that have been used were based primarily on historical information from plants that worked or general rule of thumb criteria. With the increasing concern over facilities not being able to meet their effluent limits, although they are only several years old, the design community needs to reassess their methodologies and demonstrate their capability to properly design secondary facilities. Guidelines are needed for future plants that will address specific pollutants criteria as well as the surrogate standards of BOD, COD or TOC. Detailed wastewater characterizations are essential in defining the variability to be encountered and should be carried out through the pilot or laboratory scale evaluations. The resultant data, properly evaluated, will incorporate the specificity and variability into the design of the full scale facility.

Subject Headings: Building design | Effluents | Pollutants | Oxygen demand | Wastewater management | Laboratory tests | Historic buildings

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