Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.13
Liaison Bridget Flynn
Submission Date March 9, 2017
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Oberlin College
OP-28: Wastewater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 1.00 Bridget Flynn
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Environmental Sustainability
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Total wastewater discharged:
48,204,445.09 Gallons

Wastewater naturally handled:
56,984 Gallons

A brief description of the natural wastewater systems used to handle the institution’s wastewater:

The Living Machine at the Adam Joseph Lewis Center (AJLC) handles the waste water for that building and recycles it for use in the building as grey water. There is also a constructed wetland on site.

More on the Living Machine can be found here: http://www.oberlin.edu/newserv/stories/living_machine_release.html

The website URL where information about the institution’s wastewater management practices is available:

Our total water treated on-site for 2015 was 56,984 gallons. This includes all new city water plus recycled Living Machine water.

According to the Building Manager, we do not release water to local water bodies due to our permitting level. The water is treated to a tertiary level, I believe, however it gets recycled as grey water within our own system, not to a water body. Should our Living Machine ever become overwhelmed (borderline impossible due to its capacity) it discharges via an overflow to the city's sewage treatment system.

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