A Benchmarking Study of the Collection System, Wastewater Treatment, and Biosolids Management of Brookings Municipal Utilities
Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
Department / School
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Benchmarking has been used for years in industry to improve performance and reduce costs. More recently, benchmarking has been used in the water and wastewater industry. In 1997, the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) completed a benchmarking study of the wastewater operations of utilities from across the United States. The WERF study provided valuable information on how to benchmark a utility and the data that should be collected. This thesis uses the methods set forth by the WERF project to benchmark the Brookings collection system, wastewater treatment, and biosolids management operations. This benchmarking study involved distributing a survey to utilities from across South Dakota and western Minnesota. The survey was used to collect performance and cost data from utilities that are comparable to the operations of Brookings in terms of size, method of treatment, etc .. The collected data were then analyzed to determine how cost effective and efficient the Brookings operations are. The main areas studied include: salaries, overtime, and fringe benefits; power, chemical, maintenance, and contracts costs; total annual operating costs; and many performance measures for each specific function (collection system, wastewater treatment, and biosolids management).
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Brookings Municipal Utilities -- Evaluation Sewage disposal plants -- Management Sewage -- Purification Sewage sludge -- Management Benchmarking (Management)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Johnson, Kevin M., "A Benchmarking Study of the Collection System, Wastewater Treatment, and Biosolids Management of Brookings Municipal Utilities" (1999). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 636.