Wastewater Management in the Basin of Lake Atitlan: A Background Study

Ferráns, Laura, Caucci, Serena, Cifuentes, Jorge, Avellán, Tamara, Dornack, Christina and Hettiarachchi, Hiroshan (2018). Wastewater Management in the Basin of Lake Atitlan: A Background Study. Working Paper. United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES).

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    Author Ferráns, Laura
    Caucci, Serena
    Cifuentes, Jorge
    Avellán, Tamara
    Dornack, Christina
    Hettiarachchi, Hiroshan
    Editor Salleh, Atiqah F.
    Title Wastewater Management in the Basin of Lake Atitlan: A Background Study
    Series Title Working Paper
    Volume/Issue No. 6
    Publication Date 2018
    Place of Publication Dresden
    Publisher United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)
    Pages 27
    Language eng
    Abstract This working paper presents a study on the current wastewater management situation in the basin of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. The study was performed in 2017, and the results reveal that, in the region, faecal material and urine are disposed of via off-site and on-site sanitation systems. Fifty-five per cent of the community is connected to a sewage system and the remaining 45% use latrines, septic tanks, or soak latrines. In the area of sewage production, 45,500 m3 of wastewater is generated every day in the basin, and only approximately 20% receives treatment. Moreover, in the existing Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs), one of the most crucial challenges is their poor performance with regard to removal of pathogens and nutrients. WWTPs face, among others, operation and maintenance problems. The most common bottlenecks are the lack of laboratory facilities, constant technical training, handling plan for byproducts, personnel and supplies, operation and maintenance manuals, and willingness to pay for users. In the future, sustainable wastewater management strategies should be developed to address the problems of inappropriate wastewater management in the region.
    UNBIS Thesaurus WATER QUALITY
    Keyword Wastewater treatment
    Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs)
    Faecal waste diagram
    Operation and maintenance
    Lake Atitlan
    Copyright Holder United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES)
    Copyright Year 2018
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9783944863689
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