Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MS)

Administrative Home Department

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor 1

Eric A Seagren

Advisor 2

Jennifer G Becker

Committee Member 1

David Hand


Water resource recovery facilities can improve sustainability by producing Class A biosolids. However, many conventional methods for achieving Class A biosolids are expensive, with high maintenance and energy costs. However, low-cost, low-tech (LCLT) treatment methods are also available. The overall goal of the larger project of which this study was a part is to develop a rational and universal approach for design of LCLT processes. To achieve this goal, pilot-scale studies of LCLT processes will be performed. The goal of this portion of the project was to perform a trial run pilot-scale study. During the trial run, the pilot-scale biosolids storage boxes were constructed. Methods were also developed for monitoring the environmental conditions, and the analytical methods and associated quality control were developed. Data collected during the trial run demonstrated reasonable trends and were also used to improve the methods for application to the full pilot-scale study.