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Increased transparency and resource prioritization for the management of pollutants from wastewater treatment plants: a national perspective from Australia

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Rohmana, QA and Fischer, AM and Cumming, J and Blackwell, BD and Gemmill, J, Increased transparency and resource prioritization for the management of pollutants from wastewater treatment plants: a national perspective from Australia, Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, (SEPT) Article 564598. ISSN 2296-7745 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2020 Rohmana, Fischer, Cumming, Blackwell and Gemmill. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

DOI: doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.564598

Abstract

With increasing human populations in coastal regions, there is growing concern over the quality of wastewater treatment plant (WTP) discharge and its impacts on coastal biodiversity, recreational amenities, and human health. In Australia, the current system of WTP monitoring and reporting varies across states and jurisdictions leading to a lack of data transparency and accountability, leading to a reduced ability to comprehensively assess regional and national scale biodiversity impacts and health risks. The National Outfall Database (NOD) was developed to provide a centralized spatial data management system for sharing and communicating comprehensive, national-scale WTP pollutant data. This research describes the structure of the NOD and through self-organizing maps and principal component analysis, provides a comprehensive, national-scale analysis of WTP effluent. Such a broad understanding of the constituents and level of pollutants in coastal WTP effluent within a public database provides for improved transparency and accountability and an opportunity to evaluate health risks and develop national water quality standards.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:effluent, outfalls, pollutants, spatial data management, impacts, human health, environment
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Chemical engineering
Research Field:Wastewater treatment processes
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of benthic marine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Rohmana, QA (Ms Qurratu A'Yunin Rohmana)
UTAS Author:Fischer, AM (Dr Andy Fischer)
UTAS Author:Blackwell, BD (Dr Boyd Blackwell)
ID Code:141837
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2020-11-25
Last Modified:2021-02-22
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