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Implementation of a Liquid Waste Handling Program at the City of Lincoln, Nebraska
Author: Bruce Petrik, Lyle Christensen
Date: 9/292
Presented at WEF 65th Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 20-24,1992

Interest in handling and disposing of municipal and industrial liquid wastes has been increasing in recent years as new landfill regulations are restricting, or even prohibiting, receipt of these types of waste. Many cities including Lincoln, Nebraska, can no longer count on landfill disposal of such liquid waste as septage, chemical toilet wastes, industrial greases and solvents, and mud trap wastes. In addition, concerns over landfilling high liquid volume waste and the potential for generating troublesome leachates have caused the City of Lincoln to implement a comprehensive liquid waste handling program. In 1989, Lincoln, a city of approximately 200,000 persons, began implementing a program to identify, collect, and treat most liquid waste generated in the city. The program consisted of identifying liquid waste characteristics and quantities; then designing, constructing, and maintaining a liquid waste handling facility. The program recommended this facility be located at the City's Theresa Street wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) site due to the proximity of the liquid and solids treatment facilities. A special user permit and fee structure was developed to regulate and fund the program. This paper will discuss the planning and design features of the liquid waste handling program and present information of the maintenance requirements, permits, and other ordinances required to implement the program.

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