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Wat-IF : decision-support tool for sustainable wastewater treatment plants in the Netherlands

Aminian, Roozbeh (2020) Wat-IF : decision-support tool for sustainable wastewater treatment plants in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:This research presents a Decision Support Tool (Wat-IF model) for managers of Dutch wastewater treatment plants in order to address sustainability challenges through the implementation of new wastewater technologies and monitoring scenarios efficiently and effectively. These challenges are associated with reducing the carbon footprint of these plants as well as removing contemporary pollutants such as micropollutants and macropollutants before discharging effluents. Managers at WWTPs have been utilizing renewable energy to minimize the carbon footprint of this industry. However, dealing with micropollutants requires more energy consumption, which can increase the carbon footprint and costs substantially. Additionally, new wastewater treatment technologies and monitoring scenarios are required to address these pollutants, which might also increase the costs. Therefore, water managers need to take decisions on the implementation of new wastewater technologies and monitoring scenarios to eliminate pollutants and improve the water quality at the lowest possible energy consumption and costs. Accordingly, The Wat-IF model can assist water managers in evaluating technologies and in deciding which one(s) should be implemented. In this respect, this research investigated a Decision Support Tool comprised of three main blocks to help water managers at WWTPs.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science, 50 technical science in general, 58 process technology
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/85510
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