Calibration of a simple model for waste stabilisation pond performance in seasonal climates

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The paper describes the calibration of a model for waste stabilisation pond (WSP) performance in seasonal climates, based on the use of readily available climate data sets. Calibration data were taken from a wide geographical area of Canada and the USA, including coastal and moderately seasonal sites. Good agreement with measured values was shown using a biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) decay constant of 0.3 day−1 for facultative ponds and 0.07–0.1 day−1 for storage/maturation ponds with a temperature-related Arrhenius constant of 1.05, and a fixed BOD decay constant of 0.007 day−1 at water temperatures below 0 °C. The results suggested that such models could potentially be used as the basis for WSP design guidelines tailored to a wide range of climatic conditions.

Keywords: BOD modelling, seasonal factors, waste stabilisation ponds, wastewater treatment

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