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Wastewater sludge management options for Honduras

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dc.contributor.advisor E. Eric Adams. en_US Bhattacharya, Mahua, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial ncho--- en_US 2010-01-07T21:01:51Z 2010-01-07T21:01:51Z 2009 en_US 2009 en_US
dc.description Thesis (M. Eng.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2009. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 48-50). en_US
dc.description.abstract Sludge management is a fundamental area of concern across wastewater treatment systems in Honduras. The lack of timely sludge removal has led to declining plant performance in many facilities throughout the country. In addition to maintaining treatment efficiency, proper sludge management is important for mitigating pathogen levels and providing opportunities for safe beneficial reuse of biosolids. Based on analyses of data collected at waste stabilization ponds in the municipalities of Puerto Cortes and La Lima, sludge was characterized with respect to quantities generated (accumulation rates) and quality (helminths and heavy metals content). A review was conducted of appropriate sludge treatment technologies including sludge drying beds, alkaline stabilization, acid stabilization, anaerobic digestion, and composting. These options were evaluated based on a set of selected criteria. Anaerobic digestion, alkaline stabilization, and composting were all found to be suitable methods of sludge treatment. Alkaline stabilization and composting are well suited to facilities with sufficient land. Anaerobic digestion was recommended for areas with land constraints. Treated biosolids can be beneficially used within the community and/or at a regional scale. Potential regional end-uses include soil amendment in agriculture and forestry, or for land reclamation of mined lands. Public participation and acceptance is essential for the success of a biosolids reuse program. Potential strategies for engaging the community and addressing public concerns regarding biosolids were identified. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Mahua Bhattacharya. en_US
dc.format.extent 78 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Civil and Environmental Engineering. en_US
dc.title Wastewater sludge management options for Honduras en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US M.Eng. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 475653507 en_US

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