Treatment and Disposal Options

by Edwin W. Lee, US Bureau of Reclamation, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: National Water Conference


Viable treatment and disposal alternatives which can meet stringent environmental regulations and at affordable cost to the agricultural economy present formidable problems. Treatment options include the use of anaerobic bacteria, microalgal-bacteria, physical-chemical methods, and in-situ processes. Disposal alternatives include discharge to surface waters and evaporation ponds, deep-well injection and reclamation for reuse. Irrigation on salt-tolerant crops and power plant cooling are potential reuses. Brine recovery for solar gradient ponds and salt recovery are also possibilities for reclamation.

Subject Headings: Water reclamation | Chemical treatment | Salt water | Agricultural wastes | Water treatment | Anaerobic processes | Ponds | Power plants

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