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Risk of injection using reclaimed water for aquifer recharge using rotavirus as surrogate contaminant

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Date Issued:
2014
Summary:
Groundwater aquifers are precious resources that has been serving human consumption for many centuries. This resource is pristine in comparison with surface waters such as lakes and canals, however, as population grows exponentially so does the demand for groundwater and the need to study the potential of groundwater replenishment programs. The injection of treated water or wastewater into an aquifer is a method to protect this resource for current and future generations. Health concerns would be expected since migration of water of “impaired quality” can affect the drinking water by contamination. Regulatory barriers resulting from the perceived risks of adverse health effects from pathogens such as viruses have limited the concept of this impaired water resources from being used for groundwater replenishment programs. The objective of this study is to examine the risk assessment using computational modeling with MODFLOW and MT3D groundwater transport simulation. The results from the simulation showed that after two years, the risk of contamination based on concentration contours from the injection well to the production wellfields for the City of Hollywood stabilized below 10- 6. The risk assessment provided important aspect to demonstrate the concept of using injection of treated water as an option for groundwater replenishment.
Title: Risk of injection using reclaimed water for aquifer recharge using rotavirus as surrogate contaminant.
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Name(s): Phonpornwithoon, Pollop, author
Bloetscher, Frederick, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2014
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 110 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: Groundwater aquifers are precious resources that has been serving human consumption for many centuries. This resource is pristine in comparison with surface waters such as lakes and canals, however, as population grows exponentially so does the demand for groundwater and the need to study the potential of groundwater replenishment programs. The injection of treated water or wastewater into an aquifer is a method to protect this resource for current and future generations. Health concerns would be expected since migration of water of “impaired quality” can affect the drinking water by contamination. Regulatory barriers resulting from the perceived risks of adverse health effects from pathogens such as viruses have limited the concept of this impaired water resources from being used for groundwater replenishment programs. The objective of this study is to examine the risk assessment using computational modeling with MODFLOW and MT3D groundwater transport simulation. The results from the simulation showed that after two years, the risk of contamination based on concentration contours from the injection well to the production wellfields for the City of Hollywood stabilized below 10- 6. The risk assessment provided important aspect to demonstrate the concept of using injection of treated water as an option for groundwater replenishment.
Identifier: FA00004317 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2014.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Aquifer storage recovery
Artificial grounddwater recharge
Drinking water -- Contamination
Environmental health -- Mathematical models
Groundwater -- Pollution -- Mathematical models
Health risk assessment
Viral pollution of water
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