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Main Title Land application of wastewater in Australia : the Werribee Farm System : Melborne [i.e. Melbourne] and Metropolitan Board of Works, Victoria, Australia /
Author Seabrook, Belford L.
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. Municipal Construction Div.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Municipal Construction Div., Off. of Water Program Operations,
Year Published 1975
Report Number EPA 520-75-507; EPA-430/9-75-017; EPA/MCD-16
Stock Number PB-257 454
OCLC Number 78093970
Subjects Sewage as fertilizer. ; Sewage disposal--Australia--Victoria. ; Sewage--Purification--Biological treatment.
Additional Subjects Sewage treatment ; Irrigation ; Farms ; Municipalities ; Soil properties ; Land use ; Rainfall ; Arid land ; Operating costs ; Fertilizing ; Waste water ; Australia ; Flood irrigation ; Sewage irrigation ; Werribee Farm ; Melbourne(Australia)
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJBD ARCHIVE EPA 430-9-75-017 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 08/16/2013
EJBD  EPA 430-9-75-017 c. 1 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 08/16/2013
ELBD RPS EPA 430-9-75-017 repository copy AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 05/09/2016
NTIS  PB-257 454 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 27, 2, 53 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
The report concerns the Werribee Farm soil treatment area operated by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW). The Board (MMBW) was constituted in 1890 by an Act of the Parliment of Victoria to develop and operate a system of main and general sewerage for the metropolis. James Mansergh, an eminent sanitation engineer from London, submitted eight alternative schemes, five of which involved treatment by land. Mansergh stated that the Werribee site was situated for land purification of sewage because it was exceptionally dry and had an abnormally low rainfall compared with surrounding districts. His recommendation, based on proven success in England, and on the benefit of irrigation in an area of low rainfall, was for disposal by flood irrigation on prepared land without prior treatment of the sewage. Even today raw sewage is used at the Werribee Farm. The Werribee Farm soil treatment system is the outstanding project in Australia from the standpoints of the lowest annual operating costs, success, size and extent of experience with the use of wastewater effluents.
Cover title. "May 1975." Attachment 2: Selected chemical characteristics of soils, forages, and drainage water from the sewage farm serving Melbourne, Australia, prepared for Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, by Richard D. Johnson, Robert L. Jones, Thomas D. Hinesly, D.J. David, January 1974. Includes bibliographical references.