Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering - (M.S.)


Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

First Advisor

Richard B. Trattner

Second Advisor

Howard S. Kimmel

Third Advisor

Angelo J. Perna


A study was performed to evaluate the effectiveness of various sewage treatment facilities in the Hackensack Meadowlands District. The study dealt with overall plant efficiencies based on percent removals of suspended solids and Biochemical Oxygen Demand although other parameters were also included.

Samples for this study were obtained from the inlet and outlet channels of the individual plants. The parameters studied were: Suspended Solids, Biochemical Oxygen Demand, Total Nitrogen, Nitrate-Nitrite Compounds, Total Organic Carbon, Orthophosphate-P, Total Oxygen Demand and Fecal Coliform. Results obtained were averaged so as to collectively represent wet and dry weather conditions.

The results indicate that most of the treatment plants in the Hackensack Meadowlands District are out-dated and insufficiently equipped to handle the complex constituents of the municipal and industrial influents. Therefore, according to the results, it is necessary to up-grade these plants in order to sufficiently treat these discharges and meet federal, state and local ordinances.

A number of recommendations are offered with accompanying modified flow diagrams illustrating an up-graded treatment plant.



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