A multi expert decision support tool for the evaluation of advanced wastewater treatment trains: a novel approach to improve urban sustainability

Seyed M.K. Sadr, Devendra P. Saroj, Jose Carlos Mierzwa, Scott J. McGrane, George Skouteris, Raziyeh Farmani, Xenofon Kazos, Benedikt Aumeier, Samaneh Kouchaki, Sabeha Ouki

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Abstract

Wastewater Treatment (WWT) for water reuse applications has been accepted as a strategic solution in improving water supplies across the globe; however, there are still various challenges that should be overcome. Selection of practical solutions is then required whilst considering technical, environmental, socio-cultural, and financial factors. In this study, a multi expert decision support tool that considers a variety of evaluation criteria is proposed to provide a ranking system for competing advanced WWT technologies in terms of their performance. Two scenarios of water reuse in the contexts of Brazil and Greece are defined, and evaluation is undertaken based on opinions of water reuse experts. The results prove that the tool would successfully facilitate rigorous and methodical analysis in evaluation of WWT technologies for water reuse applications with potential for use under various sets of evaluation criteria, WWT technologies and contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalEnvironmental Science and Policy
Volume90
Early online date24 Sep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2018

Keywords

  • water reuse
  • technology selection
  • group decision making
  • membrane technologies
  • environmental impacts
  • wastewater treatment
  • water supplies

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