Phosphorus Control at Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants.
Abstract: This thesis addresses phosphorus management at three wastewater
treatment plants in an effort to better understand the challenges, and potential solutions,
in meeting stricter state and federal regulations regarding phosphorus levels in processed
wastewater. The three treatment plants are located in three different states, all facing
different issues involving population growth, ... read morebudgetary constraints, and phosphorus
regulation. The research into these sites reveals how the different approaches to
phosphorus regulation have affected the treatment plants over time, as well as how new
regulations and changing cities are impacting future planning through reduced budgets
and/or increased demand. Finally, the thesis concludes that while the three sites have
dealt with different issues around the management of phosphorus in their treated
wastewater, the common approaches to successfully addressing these challenges were close
coordination with the city when it came to capacity and budgetary concerns, as well active
participation in the regulatory permitting process.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Sheldon Krimsky.
Committee: Scott Horsley.
Keywords: Water resources management, and Natural resource management.read less