Putting Wastewater to Work

by Raymond C. Murphy, Chf. Environmental Engr.; HNTB, 6000 Lake Ellenor Dr., Ste. 100, Orlando, FL 32809,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 6, Pg. 77-79

Document Type: Feature article


Although the central Florida city of Altamonte Springs sits on one of the world's most productive aquifers, the Floridan Aquifer, the town is investing $35 million in a system that will save water. A dual transmission system will bring highly treated wastewater throughout the city for use where potable water is not required. Irrigation will be the primary use of the water. It will also be used for fire protection, lake level control and ornamental use. Nitrogen will be removed from the water with seven 10 ft by 60 ft Dravo Denite filters, following secondary clarification in the town's wastewater treatment plant.

Subject Headings: Wastewater management | Water conservation | Water treatment plants | Urban areas | Aquifers | Wastewater treatment plants | Investments | Power transmission | Florida | United States

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