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Sewer odour abatement monitoring an Australian survey


Sivret, E and Stuetz, RM, Sewer odour abatement monitoring - an Australian survey, Water Science and Technology, 66, (8) pp. 1716-1721. ISSN 0273-1223 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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IWA Publishing 2012

DOI: doi:10.2166/wst.2012.376


Odourous emissions from sewer networks can significantly impact a local population causing odour annoyance. A survey of nine Australian wastewater utilities that serve over 8.4 million people and operate over 59,000 km of sewer networks was undertaken to summarise the current monitoring practices in Australia with the view to assist the water industry to further improve their practices in operating and monitoring sewer odour abatement systems. Results indicated that most odour abatement systems were monitored through complaints from the surrounding community, H2S is the dominant online and offline monitoring parameter and that a variety of different H2S instruments are used across the industry but the reported use is dominated by two manufacturers. The monitoring data were primarily used for decision making and diagnosis, and there was limited use of non-H2S odourant analysis. The water industry had several significant limitations in terms of its inability to provide gas flow data, process monitoring and complaint data as well as being able to link process monitoring data with maintenance information for instrumentation. The improved collection and management of this data would yield benefits to the water industry in terms of odour abatement design, performance and management.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:odour abatement process, odour measurement, odours, sewer systems
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Chemical engineering
Research Field:Wastewater treatment processes
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Water and waste services
Objective Field:Water recycling services (incl. sewage and greywater)
UTAS Author:Sivret, E (Dr Eric Sivret)
ID Code:140887
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2020-09-14
Last Modified:2020-11-17

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