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Team 5, Waste Watchers, is comprised of four senior civil & environmental engineering students who have an interest in water resources and treatment. The team also has a passion for helping those in developing nations.



For this project, our main focus is on improving the wastewater quality of a small village in Ecuador. Our goal is to increase the public health through the design of a comprehensive treatment facility while intentionally being sustainable in all aspects.

The Process:

The waste stream will enter the bar rack/grit chamber where large sized particles or grit will be removed. Following this is the Imhoff Tank, where settling and biological digestion takes place. Next, the wastewater enters the stabilization pond in which an aerobic process takes place and large amounts of BOD are removed. Finally, the treated water is released into farmland for irrigation.  The sludge produced during this process is treated using drying beds.

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