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Baylor Wastewater Reuse Research Program (BWRRP)

BWRRP is a unique experimental facility providing a platform for basic and applied water quality and reuse research. Located within the Waco Metropolitan Area Regional Sewerage System (WMARSS) and adjacent to the NSF International Onsite Test Facility, BWRRP is a test bed for traditional and innovative resource recovery technologies. Source waters for BWRRP include tap water, final treated effluent or municipal influent, which can be returned following experimental studies for final treatment and discharge under the WMARSS NPDES permit.

Core Research Areas Include:

1. Resource Recovery

2. Centralized and Onsite WWTPs

3. Innovative Treatment Technologies

4. Water Quality Assessment and Management

5. Dispersal methods




BWRRP at WMARSS, Waco, Texas, USA



Subsurface wetland system



Aerobic treatment test units



Recent publications (*-student coauthor):

Nesmith SM, Wynveen CJ, Dixon EM*, Brooks BW, Matson CW, Hockaday WC, Schaum MA*, DeFillipo JE. 2016. Exploring educators’ environmental education attitudes and efficacy: Insights gleaned from a Texas wetland academy. International Journal of Science Education Part B: Communication and Public Engagement 6: 303-324.

Du B*, Price AE*, Scott WC*, Kristofco LA*, Ramirez AJ, Chambliss CK, Yelderman JC, Brooks BW. 2014. Comparison of contaminants of emerging concern removal, discharge and water quality hazards among centralized and on-site wastewater treatment systems receiving common wastewater influent. Science of the Total Environment, 466-467: 976-984.

Garcia SN*, Clubbs RL*, Stanley JK*, Scheffe B*, Yelderman JC, Brooks BW. 2013. Comparative analysis of effluent water quality from a municipal treatment plant and two on-site wastewater treatment systems. Chemosphere 92: 38-44.

Brooks BW, Chambliss CK, Knight R, Keller C, Sedlak DL, Mokry L. 2011. Evaluate Wetland Systems for Treated Wastewater Performance to Meet Competing Effluent Quality Goals. WateReuse Research Foundation. 153 p.

Forbes MG, Yelderman JC, Potterton T*, Doyle RD.2010. Effects of intermittent loading on nitrogen removal in horizontal subsurface flow wetlands. Water Science & Technology 62: 1865-1871.