Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Civil Engineering


Research on the effect of buried refuse on ground water quality provides information so that adequate safeguards can be established in such operation, while at the same time allowing maximum use of these disposal sites. Today, with over 1400 communities disposing of their refuse by sanitary landfill techniques (1-104), and many thousands more disposing of this material in open dumps on land without the degree of sanitary control recommended by health agencies, a potential danger to ground water aquifers exists. What is the magnitude of this danger, and what concern should be given it, is the basic attitude under which this investigation was undertaken. A nationwide symposium (1) was held in 1961 to outline present knowledge of ground water contamination and to guide future studies in this area. Considerable time and attention were given to the significance of refuse disposal. A general conclusion was made that much more information was needed concerning geological and climatic characteristics of disposal sites where possible leaching of refuse was taking place (1-109). (see more in text)

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Refuse and refuse disposal
Water -- Pollution




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