Analysis of the impacts of drinking water infrastructure on water quality in Alabama's Black Belt

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dc.contributor Brown, Joe M.
dc.contributor Elliott, Mark A.
dc.contributor Stauber, Christine
dc.contributor.advisor Johnson, Pauline Forehand, Richard Warren 2017-03-01T16:50:46Z 2017-03-01T16:50:46Z 2013
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001362
dc.identifier.other Forehand_alatus_0004M_11619
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Research has suggested that residents of Alabama's Black Belt are at elevated risk of waterborne disease due to a problem with failing septic tanks in the area. At the same time, cities and towns across the nation are realizing the dire need for replacing and rehabilitating America's declining water infrastructure to protect public health. An EPA-STAR project is being conducted in three Black Belt counties to further assess the situation and help local water utilities combat the increased risk of contamination. Water loss, low pressure, low chlorine, high residence time, and presence of total coliforms were used as indicators to assess which service areas of one Black Belt system were most likely vulnerable to contamination. Collected data from 195 households within the system and simulated data from an EPANET model of the system were used for the analysis. The results identified the regions with the highest prevalence of these indicators and suggested further system level sampling to evaluate if the problem is more associated with system water mains or households.
dc.format.extent 124 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Civil engineering
dc.title Analysis of the impacts of drinking water infrastructure on water quality in Alabama's Black Belt
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering The University of Alabama master's M.S.

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