Title

Placencia Wastewater Treatment Facility

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Abstract/Artist Statement

The village of Seine Bight, located on the Placencia Peninsula in Belize, is home to approximately 2,000 people. Due to conditions in the area, there are no provisions for treating the wastewater that the village creates. The current disposal method in the village is simply to empty buckets of waste into the ocean. Environmental and health concerns, in addition to increased population growth, have lead to the need for a higher level of sophistication in collecting and treating the village’s wastewater. To meet this demand, we have developed a two- pronged approach to solve this emerging problem. A pressure sewer system will be installed inside of the village to collect wastewater and prevent its discharge into the ocean. By doing this, the village of Seine Bight can continue its population growth without endangering the local ecosystem. The second part of our design is focused on treating the collected wastewater to a level where it can be either safely discharged into the environment, or used to irrigate certain crops in the surrounding areas. The designs have been focused to meet the criteria of sustainability, constructability and affordable cost. Through the implementation of these designs, Seine Bight will offer its residents a higher standard of living while also being able to keep protection of the local environment a top priority.

Location

School of Engineering and Computer Sciences

Start Date

6-5-2006 2:00 PM

End Date

6-5-2006 3:30 PM

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Placencia Wastewater Treatment Facility

School of Engineering and Computer Sciences

The village of Seine Bight, located on the Placencia Peninsula in Belize, is home to approximately 2,000 people. Due to conditions in the area, there are no provisions for treating the wastewater that the village creates. The current disposal method in the village is simply to empty buckets of waste into the ocean. Environmental and health concerns, in addition to increased population growth, have lead to the need for a higher level of sophistication in collecting and treating the village’s wastewater. To meet this demand, we have developed a two- pronged approach to solve this emerging problem. A pressure sewer system will be installed inside of the village to collect wastewater and prevent its discharge into the ocean. By doing this, the village of Seine Bight can continue its population growth without endangering the local ecosystem. The second part of our design is focused on treating the collected wastewater to a level where it can be either safely discharged into the environment, or used to irrigate certain crops in the surrounding areas. The designs have been focused to meet the criteria of sustainability, constructability and affordable cost. Through the implementation of these designs, Seine Bight will offer its residents a higher standard of living while also being able to keep protection of the local environment a top priority.