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Waste Stabilization Pond Design and Performance

Status Complete
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Start Date 09/01/2004
End Date 06/30/2005
Funding Source N/A
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Last Updated 07/05/2008 01:25AM


  Craig Woolard

Student Researchers
  Kyle Hardy


The proposed study examines the performance of waste stabilization pond facilities, or wastewater lagoons, throughout rural Alaska to determine if the treatment standards and disinfection requirements imposed by both Federal and State laws are being met. Wastewater lagoons are bodies of water that are used to treat waste products through a biochemical process. These lagoons retain waste anywhere from 60 days to 12 months and then discharge the effluent, or the outflow, to either the surrounding land or directly into a nearby river or ocean (1). Since many Alaskan communities obtain most of their food and water from near their communities, it is imperative that these lagoons discharge effluent that meets Government regulations. To date, no systematic study has been conducted to evaluate the performance of these wastewater systems across the State. We propose to conduct such a study that evaluates the impact that these lagoons have on human health as well as on the environment. We are currently involved in a related study investigating existing information on wastewater lagoons in Alaska. Using these preliminary results along with future testing data, we aim to suggest a direct correlation between specific lagoon design and performance of the lagoon. The project's outcomes should result in the better design, construction and operation of new and retrofitted wastewater lagoons throughout Alaska.

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