Regional Wastewater Reuse in the Nueces Estuary

by Kelly D. Payne, (A.M.ASCE), HDR Engineering, Inc, Austin, United States,
Samuel K. Vaugh, HDR Engineering, Inc, Austin, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Policy and Management: Solving the Problems


The results of this study indicate that the firm yield lost to the release requirements of the Texas Water Commission Interim Release Order can be recovered by diverting treated wastewater effluent and freshwater inflows to areas where their beneficial impact on the biological health of the Nueces Estuary can be maximized. Further study is needed to confirm the expected productivity enhancements from diversions into the Nueces Delta since they directly affect the firm yield recovery obtained in this reuse project. A pilot project to transfer 2.80 mgd of treated wastewater effluent and monitor enhanced productivity in the Nueces Delta is presently under design.

Subject Headings: Wastewater management | Estuaries | Effluents | Productivity | Wastewater treatment | Water reclamation | Rivers and streams | Fresh water

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