Date Approved

12-6-2006

Embargo Period

4-5-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Civil Engineering

Department

Civil & Environmental Engineering

College

Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering

First Advisor

Jahan, Kauser

Subject(s)

Environmental engineering--New Jersey; Water reuse--New Jersey

Disciplines

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Abstract

This study was conducted to assess potential ecological impacts from application of treated wastewater effluent. Indian Springs Golf Course is currently irrigated with reclaimed wastewater. Grab water samples were collected from three (3) ponds located on the golf course over the course of a year and were analyzed for nitrate-nitrogen, total phosphorus, organics, and bacteria. A second golf course, Medford Lakes Country Club is currently irrigated with groundwater. Grab water samples were collected from both locations and analyzed for nutrients and bacteria for comparison purposes.

Results of sample analyses indicate that detriment to the quality of surface water at the monitoring locations is not related to the use of treated wastewater effluent for irrigation but can be attributed to non-point source pollution. Concentrations of nutrients and bacteria were found to be similar and more often present in greater concentrations at Medford Lakes, indicating that there are additional factors influencing any effect the treated effluent may be imparting on the surface water ponds. The results of this study indicate that the use of reclaimed water for irrigation at the Indian Springs Golf Course is not having a detrimental effect on the environment that surrounds the location.

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