Masters Theses


"Traditionally, energy has been used to treat wastewater. As energy costs rise, so does the financial burden on communities with municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). Determining energy efficiency of small to mid-sized plants is difficult because these plants are the least likely to have the resources to conduct an energy audit and the most likely to be overlooked in national models due to their small contribution to the national energy burden. Data was gathered via personal contact the WWTPs in Missouri and from this data metrics fro comparison were developed. The data was also compared to the predicted energy use derived from EPA Energy Star's Portfolio Manager. This data showed that WWTPs in Missouri are variable in the energy required to remove a pound of BOD possibly also due to inefficiencies.

Data collection illustrated that energy consumption rates were not known by most operators. To assess this knowledge gap quantitatively, a simple seven question survey has been released to the public. To make assessing energy use consumption more useful to a WWTP the method of measuring energy consumption needs to be standardized. A few reasons there are currently inconsistencies in the data include extraneous processes (such as lift stations) how to account for many methods of solids handling, and how to convert from one fuel type to another"--Abstract, page iv.


Burken, Joel G. (Joel Gerard)

Committee Member(s)

Wang, Jianmin
Long, Suzanna, 1961-


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Environmental Engineering


United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Region VII
Missouri University of Science and Technology


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date


Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Metrics for energy efficiency in wastewater treatment


xii, 72 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 69-71).

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Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Sewage disposal plants -- Energy conservation
Sewage disposal plants -- Standards -- Missouri

Thesis Number

T 10058

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