Removal of wastes and Re-use of Treated water from Maturation Waste Stabilization Ponds (MWSPs)

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This paper presents the results from a study conducted in Tanzania to develop a dynamic mathematical model, tool for the environmental pollution control. This led to Modelling Nitrogen Transformation, Removal and Re-use of Treated water from Maturation Ponds for agriculture and agriculture. The study was conducted at the wastewater treatment system located in Mabogini Moshi in Kilimanjaro Region, North Eastern Tanzania.


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TARIMO, I. (2016). Removal of wastes and Re-use of Treated water from Maturation Waste Stabilization Ponds (MWSPs). International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 4(11), 31-50. Retrieved from
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IRENE AURELIA TARIMO, The Open University of Tanzania, Tanzania

Department of Environmental Studies


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