This paper discusses the desirability and feasibility of irrigating green spaces within and along transportation corridors with highly treated wastewater. The wastewater recycling technology is based on the 0-discharge, total-recycling wastewater system of the city of Saint Petersburg, Florida, which was recently approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This system produces a virus-free wastewater effluent that retains the valuable nutrients essential to plant growth. Properly treated wastewater is proposed to be distributed, where feasible, along and within transportation corridors to preserve water and fertilizer and protect the integrity of the affected green spaces. Streets, highways, and airports are viewed in relation to their use as rights-of-way for the wastewater distributiors and as recipients of the treated wastewater. It is demonstrated that policies of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and federal and state governments have established at least a permissive attitude on this matter. It also is demonstrated that the substitution of treated wastewater for the public water supply in irrigation systems is both desirable and necessary to conserve and preserve the dwindling potable water supply of the United States. Research is recommended on utility-accommodation policies and practices and the feasibility, applications, and limitations of wastewater recycling along and within transportation corridors. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 28-35
  • Monograph Title: Utility facilities in transportation corridors
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00139573
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024846
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-019 230
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1976 12:00AM