Computer Optimization of a Groundwater Treatment Facility

by Denis M. O'Carroll,
Thomas L. Theis,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


A computer model has been developed to optimize the operation of a groundwater oil recovery treatment plant. The site consists of 24 pump and treat recovery wells which lead to a treatment system with nine liquid train processes and three sludge handling processes. Equations governing the removal efficiency of each unit operation and the associated cost are incorporated into the model to determine the minimum operating cost. Use of this model will significantly reduce the operating cost of the plant over its design life.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Optimization models | Groundwater | Water treatment plants | Benefit cost ratios | Groundwater quality | Water treatment | Pumps

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