Effect Of Wet Sludge Being Applied To Land

Nitrogen Loss to Leachate

60 mg/l for 1-in layer per year, 1070 mg/l for 12-in layer per year

Other Pollutants

Bacteria can travel up to 100 ft through granular soil; heavy metals migrate only after the soil is saturated.

SLUDGE LAGOON LOADING RATES 400 to 1000 tn dry solids/acre/yr

The disposal of waste sludge through lagoons and landfills is an economical means of ultimate sludge disposal. The lagoons can receive undigested primary sludge, excess activated sludge, or digested sludge as either an interim process in the total sludge handling scheme or as a method of ultimate sludge disposal. Normally, landfills are the ultimate disposal locations for dried (dewatered) sludge, and this disposal method can be economical depending on the haul distance from the wastewater treatment plant to the landfill.

In considering the location, design, operation, and maintenance of sludge disposal lagoons and landfills, environmental engineers must consider the sludge loading criteria, possible health effects through groundwater pollution, the potential for heavy metal accumulation in the soil and groundwater, the possibility of fertilizer nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus reaching the surface water, and general nuisance developments.

The land availability and climate are important considerations when lagooning is considered as a dewatering technique. Large land areas are generally required. Poor dewatering occurs in cold and rainy climates. Operation and maintenance costs are associated mainly with the removal of dried sludge. Lagoons should not be used as a final treatment for coagulant sludge if the ultimate disposal requires solids concentrations greater than 9%.

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