Environmental impact analysis, Environmental protection, Lakeland, Florida
For this report, four municipal services provided by the City of Lakeland were studied. The environmental impact of these services was discussed. Recommendations were made for solutions to problems found. It was found that the water supply services has on deleterious impact on the environment. Hydrogen sulfide occasionally found in the water supply gives the latter objectionable odor and taste. Installation of a centralized water treatment plant with aeration facilities for hydrogen sulfide removal was recommended for resolution of the problem. The waste water treatment plant removes 91% of the BOD5 and the suspended solids in the plant influent. The plant effluent and dried sludge are used for irrigation and fertilization in local agricultural enterprises. It was concluded that this service has a beneficial impact on the environment. It was determined that the electric power supply service has one deleterious impact on the environment. Sulfur dioxide emitted from five power generating units results in higher than allowable ground level concentrations. Several recommendations were made for resolution of the problem. Taller stacks were recommended for all five units. Burning lower sulfur content fuel oil was recommended for three of the units. Installation of an ammonia scrubbing system for sulfur dioxide removal was recommended for the other two units. Sanitary landfill disposal of solid waste collected by the city has two potentially deleterious impacts on the environment. Available land area may be quickly exhausted. Water runoff may leach undesirable materials out of buried refuse and contaminate ground water supplies. Incinerations of Lakeland's solid waste in one of the city's power generating unites was recommended as the solution to the problem. As follow-up to this report, a discussion has been held with city officials concerning the potential sulfur dioxide problem.
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McLellon, Waldron M.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
vii, 112 pages
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Environmental impact analysis, Lakeland (Fla.), Environmental protection -- Florida -- Lakeland
Pedroso, Roberto Ignacio, "A Review of Municipal Services Provided by the City of Lakeland" (1977). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 367.