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W A S T E W A T E R - W A S T E

ATV A 200E

Principles for the Disposal of Wastewater in

Rurally Structured Areas

May 1997
ISBN 3-934984-32 0

Gesellschaft zur Förderung der
Abwassertechnik e.V. (GFA)
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D-53773 Hennef
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ATV A 200E

This ATV Standard has been produced by ATV Working Groups 1.2.7 "Wastewater
Discharge in the Rural Area" and 2.10.2 "Wastewater Treatment in the Rural Area".
Members are:
Working Group 1.2.7
Dipl.-Ing. Riedl, München (Chairman)
Dipl.-Ing. Coppik, Mainz
Dipl.-Ing. Kobrow, Düsseldorf
Dipl.-Ing. Martinko, Stadtlohn
Dipl.-Ing. Otto, Aachen
Dipl.-Ing. Reinhardt, Sondershausen
Dipl.-Ing. Scharenberg, Hövels-Wingertshardt
Dipl.-Ing. Spellier, Salzgitter
Dipl.-Ing. Welter, Aachen
Dipl.-Ing. Dipl.-oec. Prenger, Paderborn (Guest)
Working Group 2.10.2
Dipl.-Ing. Bucksteeg, München (Chairman)
Dipl.-Ing. Grosche, Radebeul
Dipl.-Ing. Kollatsch, Halle
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Lützner, Dresden
Dipl.-Ing. Maus, Arnsberg
Dipl.-Ing. Tiedtke, Minden
Dipl.-Ing. Schröder, Aachen
Dipl.-Ing. Schweizer, Rottweil
Dipl.-Ing. Voß, Kiel
Dr.-Ing. Zerres, Stuttgart
Dipl.-Ing. Linder, Stuttgart (Guest)

The Standard presented here has been prepared within the framework of the ATV
committee work, taking into account the ATV Standard A 400 "Principles for the
Preparation of Rules and Standards" in the Rules and Standards Wastewater/Waste,
in the January 1994 version. With regard to the application of the Rules and Standards,
Para. 1 of Point 5 of A 400 includes the following statement: "The Rules and Standards
are freely available to everyone. An obligation to apply them can result for reasons of
legal regulations, contracts or other legal grounds. Whosoever applies them is
responsible for the correct application in specific cases. Through the application of the
Rules and Standards no one avoids responsibility for his own actions. However, for the
user, prima facie evidence shows that he has taken the necessary care".
The Rules and Standards are not the sole but rather an important source of knowledge
for technically correct solutions for the tasks of wastewater and waste engineering in
normal cases. For these the ATV Standards form a yardstick for correct technical
conduct. They cannot, however, deal with all possible special cases, in which extensive
or limited measures are offered. In special cases it is possible to deviate from the
definitions of the Rules and Standards, if the same effectiveness with the same security
can be achieved in a different fashion.
All rights, in particular those of translation into other languages, are reserved. No part of this Standard may be
reproduced in any form by photocopy, microfilm or any other process or transferred or translated into a language
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Direction and objective 4

1. Area of Application 4

2. General planning principles 5

3. Wastewater discharge 7
3.1 Types of wastewater 8
3.1.1 Domestic and industrial wastewater 8
3.1.2 Precipitation water 8
3.1.3 Sewer infiltration water 8
3.2 Planning principles 8
3.3 Drainage systems 9
3.3.1 Modified separate system 9
3.3.2 Modified combined system 9
3.4 Discharge of domestic and industrial wastewater 9
3.4.1 Gravity drainage 10
3.4.2 Pressure drainage 10
3.4.3 Vacuum drainage 11
3.5 Disposal of precipitation water 11
3.5.1 Precipitation water not requiring treatment 11
3.5.2 Precipitation water requiring treatment 13
3.6 Potential for savings 15

4. Wastewater treatment 15
4.1 Selection of the sewage treatment plant 15
4.1.1 Small sewage treatment plants or local sewage treatment plant? 15
4.1.2 Local sewage treatment plants or group sewage treatment plant? 17
4.2 Requirements under Water Law 17
4.3 Special features of small sewage treatment plants and planning principles 18
4.4 Choice of treatment process 18
4.4.1 Wastewater lagoons 19
4.4.2 Technical sewage treatment plants 20
4.4.3 Plants with vegetation beds 23
4.5 Potential for savings 23
4.5.1 General 23
4.5.2 Potential for savings with limited interim solutions 24
3.5.3 Potential for savings with permanent solutions 25

5. Notes for cost comparison calculations 26

5.1 Costs determination 27
5.2 Finance mathematical processing of costs 28
5.3 Effects of costs on wastewater charges 28
5.4 Overall assessment 29

6. Technical Rules and Standards and sources 29

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Direction and Objective
This Standard indicates possibilities for the economic realisation of an ordered disposal
of wastewater in rurally structured regions. However, with all the currently discussed
measures for cost reduction, the actual aims, protection of lakes and rivers and safety of
local hygiene may not be placed in jeopardy.

Wastewater treatment plants in rurally structured areas should not be planned, built and
operated in accordance with the same principles and requirements as for urban areas,
as otherwise the specific costs (DM/inhabitant) would be disproportionately high.

It is the objective of this Standard to simplify the application of relevant Standards

specially for rural areas and to promote creative solutions. In this respect proposals for
cost reduction, which have often not been taken into account, have been summarised
without restricting the design possibilities through new detailed prerequisites. is the
preparation and listing. With this, the reduction of the annual costs stands at the
forefront, and not only the today propagated investment cost reductions, through
divergence from quality ensuring standards. The latter cause, as a rule, considerable
follow-on costs in the middle and long-term and/or premature reinvestments. Through
this, the required effect of the lowering of charges - if at all - is only achieved in the short-
term. Also, cost savings with public sewerage systems, may have not disproportionate
costs for additional installations on private property.

The aim of the ATV Standard is not to so reduce standards that, through this, plant
operators are in danger of not being able to maintain legal requirements and thus have to
face the consequences of criminal and taxation law.

Equally the Standard cannot interfere with the following important cost, contribution and
charge relevant factors:

- legal regulations;
- promotion practice of the Federal States;
- formulation of the communal contribution and charge regulations.

Task of this Standard is, in accordance with the given details in ATV Standard A 400
"Principles for the Revision of Rules and Standards" [11] to provide recommendations for
the cost favourable solution of planning, construction and operating problems. It should
show how the dimensioning bandwidths and planning latitude can be used in the rurally
structured regions and, through this , how savings can be made., In particular the
statements in the Standard, do not replace the necessary creative service of the
engineer with conceptual planning and the constructive implementation in accordance
with the requirements of the individual case.

1. Area of Application
The following listed criteria can serve as orientation for the term "rurally structured" within
the sense of this Standard:

- small, often widely separated villages and localities;

- large property areas due to more widely spaced, open building, individual
farmsteads, hamlets, scattered settlements;

- small settlement density, up to some 25 I/ha settlement area;

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- small proportion of hard surfaces, up to some 20 % of the settlement area including
roads and paths;

- no continuous , possibly incomplete, sewer network;

- few available technical drainage systems, frequently small sewage treatment plants;
sewers often only as stormwater sewers to nearest lake or river, however, frequently
with discharges from small sewage treatment plants;

- primarily agricultural structure and, as a rule, little industry and commerce;

- frequently small and low performance surface waters, often preloaded by diffuse

- often recreational facilities with seasonally heavily varying wastewater production.

The immediate surroundings of towns also counts as rurally structured area, insofar as
the above-given criteria apply.

2. General Planning Principles

Basis of all planning of wastewater disposal facilities in rurally structured regions should
be a wastewater action plan (WAP). This corresponds with the wastewater disposal
concepts or plans legally laid down in some Federal States.

Drainage and wastewater treatment systems form one unit and are always to be so
considered also with regard to the lakes and rivers into which discharges are to take

All characteristics of the disposal area are to be surveyed and investigated separately for
stability and prognosis. They must also be included in the general development planning
of a community and particularly in the construction management planning.

The sewerage system catchment area and the capacity of the sewage treatment plant
are to be determined according to the actual built-up area and existing population as well
as existing population equivalents from commerce. Development forecasts and blanket
statements with high safety reserves are to be examined critically. With the determination
of basic data one should, as far as possible, refer to existing data material (e.g. water
consumption). Falling back on general recommendations must, as far as possible, be
limited in order to be able to achieve the planning aims (no over-dimensioning, no
unnecessary safety factors, cost optimisation).

The wastewater action plan contains:

- definition of the area of application, primarily according to water management and

techno-economic criteria and not according to administrative limits and/or local
political aspects;

- determination and techno-economic assessment of all existing wastewater systems

(sewers, small sewage treatment plants, local sewage treatment plants), in order, as
far as possible, to continue to use these;

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- definition of the measures, necessary from the point of view of water pollution control,
taking into account the legal data given;

- preparation of possible alternatives and variants with the same depth of planning, in
order to find cost favourable solutions;

- preparation of short and mid-term transitional solutions according to priority and with
cost details for the step-by-step approach to the planning aim. With this, immediate
basic treatment at as many locations as possible is more important than extensive
treatment at a few places.

The measures should be arranged in the WAP approximately according to the following

- to be disposed of publicly in the short-term (< 5 years)

- to be disposed of publicly in the mid-term (5 - 10 years)
- to be disposed of publicly in the long-term (> 10 years)
- no public disposal planned.

Due to the requirement for topicallity, the WAP is to be updated at intervals of

approximately 5 years.

The following are to be taken into account with regard to water management interests:

- water quality management situation in the area of the discharge;

- influence of discharges on downstream usage, protection of groundwater, detrimental

effects on protected areas;

- local discharge into surface waters should be sought rather than long discharge

z insofar as particular water management reasons for water pollution control do not
stand in the way;

z if an existing critical condition in a lake or river can be improved through the

rehabilitation of the wastewater disposal system;

z if the interests of priority use (e.g. drinking water) do not stand in the way;

- discharges into the sub-soil (e.g. chalk formation) always require separate
consideration in individual cases due to the particular protection requirement of the

Improvements to the quality of waters sought by requirements beyond the minimum

requirements can, in individual cases, be achieved also with measures in the lake or
river; for this procedure there are, however, currently no instructions on how to act.

Due to the vast extent of the drainage area in rurally structured regions the cost
emphasis lies in the area of sewerage system/precipitation water treatment so that the
greatest savings potential is to be expected here. Planning objective is a solution
optimised with regard to investment and follow-on costs. Solutions which solely transfer

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costs from public drainage systems to private drainage facilities do not correspond with
the principle of cost minimisation.

Economic disposal solutions can only be achieved if the elaboration is based on well-
founded conceptional planning and this planning is carried out independently, i.e. free
from delivery and production interests. The greatest savings potential is in the planning
stage (see Fig. 1).
Fehler! Keine gültige Verknüpfung.

Possible saving
of project costs
General Project Implementation

Diag. 1: Possibilities of influencing the project costs dependent on project stage

With planning, technical regulations are to be examined and interpreted taking into
account the special features of rurally structured regions. With regard to savings potential
the flexibility in standard specifications and rules and standards are to be applied
consistently. Those responsible for measures, planners of wastewater systems and
responsible authorities must discuss these possibilities and the resultant consequences

The tendering for construction projects is to be directed towards the possible capacity of
the commercial economy, a favourable time for tendering and as wide a possible
competition. Consideration is to be give, already within the scope of planning, as to how
far cost saving organisational structures/mergers can be created for operational tasks
which have to implemented together.

The use of all savings potential presupposes the tasking of an experienced, qualified

3. Wastewater Discharge
Discharge covers the collection and the transport of water. With this, measures for the
avoidance and reduction of percolation are dealt with in particular.

With the economic considerations to be carried out for connection of a rurally structured
region to a wastewater system, the various possibilities for collection and transport are to
be investigated and compared with the respective possibilities for wastewater treatment.

3.1 Types of Wastewater

3.1.1 Domestic and Industrial Wastewater

In rurally structured regions, in addition to domestic wastewater, wastewater is produced
from agricultural operations.. Wastes and residues from agricultural operations, e.g.

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liquid manures and silo seepage liquor, may not be fed into the communal wastewater

Domestic wastewater originates from households and small businesses which serve to
supply the region. Wastewater from restaurants, hotels, barracks is counted with
domestic wastewater

Commercial wastewater (e.g. from food businesses, agriculture (see ATV Advisory
Leaflet M 702) [12] is to be taken into account according to quantity and kind.

3.1.2 Precipitation Water

Water which runs off and is collected from precipitation in built-up or hard surface areas
also counts as wastewater.
The surface water from outside areas is to be kept away from the sewerage system.
Depending on the usage of the surface area on which the precipitation falls one
differentiates between:
- precipitation water requiring treatment, and
- precipitation water not requiring treatment.
It is to be established whether the precipitation water, due to the degree of its pollution,
must be fed to a treatment system, may be transported into a receiving water or allowed
to percolate into the subsoil (see also Sect. 3.5).
In rurally structured regions the greatest part of the precipitation water produced is seen
as not requiring treatment. An accurate demarcation of the catchment areas is to be
carried out and, for every area, it is to be established whether the precipitation water
requires treatment or this requirement can be avoided.
With agricultural operations heavily soiled areas such as washdowns, manure aprons or
runoff areas separated from the normal yard surfaces are to be drained into liquid
manure pits. Yard surfaces are to be treated, from a drainage aspect, as public traffic

3.1.3. Sewer Infiltration Water

Sewer infiltration water covers groundwater (leakage), illicit water introduced via bad
connections (e.g. drain water, stormwater) as well as surface water running into a
wastewater sewer (e.g. via a manhole cover).

3.2 Planning Principles

The technical Rules and Standards for the discharge of wastewater, stormwater
treatment and combined wastewater treatment with the respective, determined specific
inflow values also apply in rural areas.
The regulations for communal drainage and the charges must be agreed for the drainage
solution (hard surfaces, stormwater usage, measure of divided charges, etc.).

The planning concepts must orient themselves to the requirements of the rural area. With
this the following principles are to be assumed:

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- priority is to be given to the collection and discharge of wastewater;
- no water is to be fed to a sewage treatment plant whose degree of pollution is lower
than that required for the effluent of the sewage treatment plant;
- precipitation water is to be percolated immediately where it arises, wherever the
subsoil conditions and the degree of pollution of the precipitation water allow;
- if a discharge of precipitation water, which does not require treatment, is necessary it
should take place, as far as possible, via trenches, flumes or depressions;
- sewer infiltration water is to be avoided.
3.3 Drainage Systems
In general one differentiates between combined and separate systems. With the
combined system the wastewater is collected and discharged in a sewer together with
the precipitation water.

With the separate system wastewater and precipitation water are collected and
discharged separately. In addition to the combined and separate systems there are the
following drainage systems, in particular for the separation of qualitatively differing partial

- modified separate system

- modified combined system.

3.3.1 Modified Separate System

The modified separate system consists of one wastewater sewer; domestic, commercial
and industrial wastewater only are fed to it. Precipitation water not requiring treatment is
irrigated, percolated or discharged into a surface water immediately at its origin or after

So far as wastewater requiring treatment is unavoidable this is fed into a stormwater


3.3.2 Modified Combined System

The modified combined system is a special case combined system. Only domestic,
commercial and industrial water and precipitation requiring treatment are fed to the
combined wastewater sewer; this combined wastewater is diverted and treated. The
precipitation water not requiring treatment is irrigated, precipitated or discharged into a
surface water immediately at its origin or after diversion.

3.4 Discharge of Domestic and Industrial Wastewater

At the forefront of wastewater disposal in the rural area is the discharge of domestic and
industrial wastewater.

A pre-treatment of commercial and industrial wastewater can be necessary.

Further information can be found in the respective drainage regulations and in ATV
Standards A 102 [4] and A 115 [6].

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3.4.1 Gravity Drainage
With a gravity drainage system the depth of the sewer is of considerable economic
significance. The depth is influenced by the topography, the existing supply pipelines
and, possibly, necessary crossover structures (e.g. crossings of lakes and rivers).

However, the connection of cellar gravity drainage systems is not a compelling necessity.
The security against backflow in deep lying cellars is ensured in accordance with the
provisions of DIN 1986.

An often cost favourable model of transport pipelines is represented by the gradient

pressure pipeline. With this the wastewater is transported via a pressure pipeline (with
or without pumping station) even if sufficient gradient is available. In comparison with the
gravity pipeline, pipes with small nominal widths can be laid, whereby maintaining an
even gradient is not necessary. High and low points below the hydraulic pressure line are
permitted. Separation between shafts are larger as only monitoring and cleaning
openings are to be provided (see Fig. 2).

Fig. 2: Example of a gradient pressure pipeline with and without pump

Further information can be taken from ATV Standards A 110 [5] and A 116 [7] as well as
the Working Report of the ATV Working Group 1.1.2 (1.1.6) (KA 1/87) [13]. In addition,
the dimensioning principles for pressure pipelines apply.

3.4.2 Pressure Drainage

The pressure drainage system is a special drainage system extensively used for the
discharge of wastewater from rurally structured regions.

This technique allows the economic connection of large areas with low population density
and the connection of individual houses, farms or small groups of houses with pipe
diameters even smaller than DN 50.

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With pressure pipelines smaller than DN 80 pumps with cutter devices (not to be
confused with the banned kitchen waste comminutor) must be employed, whereby, if
required, their effect on the sewage treatment plant is to be taken into account. The
combination of several houses with one pumping station is possible.

Further information can be taken from ATV Standard A 116 [7], prEN 1091 [1] and prEN
1671 [2].

3.4.3 Vacuum Drainage

Vacuum drainage systems can be considered for the discharge of wastewater.
Foreseeable later network extensions are to be taken into account due to the tight
limitations for the pipeline dimensioning. In addition, the vacuum drainage system
requires particular care with the laying and operation of the pipelines.

Further information can be taken from ATV Standard A 116 [7] and prEN 1091 [1].

3.5 Disposal of Precipitation Water

There are no Federal German countrywide rules for the treatment of precipitation water
in the separate system.

The boundary between precipitation water requiring and not requiring treatment is based
on the principle of feeding no water to a sewage treatment plant whose degree of
pollution is less than is required in the effluent of the sewage treatment plant. As a rule
not requiring treatment are runoffs from roof and courtyard surfaces as well as residential
roads and pathways. Further information can be taken from the Working Report of ATV
WG 1.4.3 (KA 2/94 [14] and KA 8/96 [17]) and the ATV WG 1.4.1 (KA/ 5/95) [16].

3.5.1 Precipitation Water not Requiring Treatment

The disposal of water not requiring treatment is made up from the technical measures of
retention, percolation and discharge. With the planning of the disposal of precipitation
water implementation is to be examined in this order. Frequently combinations of these
measures are applied.

Retention systems can be necessary before discharge into a lake, river or percolation
system, if a discharge acceleration compared with the natural surface run-off over the
ground and/or an overloading of the peculation system or lake or river is to be avoided
with larger, connected hard surface areas.

One has to differentiate between

- natural retention areas;

- artificial retention installations.

The following come into consideration as retention facilities

- terrain depressions;
- chambers, pipes, ditches;
- lagoons, garden ponds;
- cisterns.

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Priority is to seek percolation via a sufficiently covered, active layer of soil is in order to
exploit its good cleaning capacity.

From a conceptional aspect one must differentiate between:

Percolation on private property

(Decentralised percolation)

By extensive avoidance of impermeable surfaces and, if necessary possible breaking of

the sealing and subsequent new permeable surfacing, percolation systems, if necessary
in combination with retention systems matched to the local conditions, are to be installed
on private property. The functioning of such systems, in comparison with other drainage
systems, depends to a high degree on the acceptance by the landowner; servicing and
maintenance of such systems are of considerable significance.

Further information on the selection and dimensioning of decentralised percolation

systems can be taken from ATV Standard A 138 [10].

Percolation for a large catchment area

(Central percolation)
If the subsoil conditions do not permit decentralised percolation and there is no receiving
water within an economic distance, centralised percolation should be selected. The
precipitation water is fed, as far as possible via open ditches, to the centralised
percolation system, whereby a percolation in the ditches is also desired. Central
percolation can take place via depressions or into a tank.

Possibilities for percolation listed in order of water management value are:

Surface percolation
Percolation on permeable hard surfaces or on flat side areas of impermeable surfaces.

Percolation in terrain depressions

Percolation in flat, usually grass covered ground hollows. Special form of surface
percolation. Hollow also serves for short-term retention.

Percolation basins
Open earth basin covered at least with thin grass with large percolation surface and high
storage volume.

Pipe and ditch percolation

Percolation in a perforated pipe section bedded in gravel, above ground percolation in a
gravel filled ditch. Combinations of both types and also combination with depression
percolation as depression-ditch-system are possible.

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Shaft percolation
Intermediate storage of precipitation water in a shaft /chamber with permeable walls and
delayed percolation into the subsoil.

If the subsoil conditions do not allow a decentralised or centralised percolation and there
is a lake or river in the vicinity, the precipitation water should be fed to the lake or river,
where possible via an open ditch, whereby possibilities of retention should be used, e.g.
via the depression - ditch system.
With small lakes and rivers attention is to be paid to the material and hydraulic effects of
an introduction of precipitation water. Information on this can be taken from the report of
the ATV WG 1.4.3 (KA 8/96) [17] and ATV WG 2.1.1 (KA 5/93) [18].
3.5.2 Precipitation Water Requiring Treatment
Insofar as precipitation water requiring treatment cannot be avoided it is, as a rule, to be
discharged and treated via a pipeline system.
The combined system always requires treatment of the stormwater.
Stormwater overflow discharges are necessary upstream of the sewage treatment plant
depending on the type of sewage treatment plant and on local conditions.
Dimensioning and design of stormwater treatment systems are in accordance with ATV
Standard A 128 [9] and/or the Directives of the Federal States.
Stormwater overflow discharges, stormwater tanks with overflow, stormwater
sedimentation tanks and percolation systems via the active soil can be considered for
employment as stormwater discharge or treatment plants.
Combined wastewater overflow discharges could possibly be dispensed with if
wastewater ponds are employed and suitably designed for wastewater treatment (see
Sect. 4.2.1).
For rural areas the following is to be observed with the employment of a combined
- with small catchment areas and the thus small wastewater run-offs, throttling and
discharge of the combined wastewater discharge to the sewage treatment plant can
be problematic;
- stormwater overflow systems in the form of enclosed tanks are to be avoided for
reasons of cost;
- stormwater overflow systems should, as far as possible, be equipped with adjustable
throttle devices in order, on one hand, to reduce the danger of blockages with small
throttle discharges and, on the other hand, to use the storage volume optimally;
- with the employment of a mechanical sewage treatment plant with a capacity below
ca. 500 IPE the parallel treatment of stormwater in the sewage treatment plant is
barely possible as these sewage treatment plants have only a small buffer for the

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large pollutant loads and water quantities which run off in rainy weather (see also
Sect. 4.4.2).
Due to these problems decisions on a combined system in rural areas are to be
examined critically.

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Table 1: Potential for savings with the discharge of wastewater
Measures: Remarks:
- Indication of new construction areas - If required, indicate and take into
primarily where a cost favourable disposal is consideration effects on an existing drainage
possible system
- Critical limitation of the area where disposal - Removal of remote individual properties;
is to be under public arrangements release from connection and usage
- Sewerage system only for collection and - Decentralised percolation of precipitation
discharge of wastewater water at place of occurrence or discharge
into surface water
- Combined drainage systems within a - e.g. pressure or gravity drainage
disposal area for collection and transport
- Reduction of stormwater runoff - Unsealing of hard surfaces; disconnection of
all surface areas which can be drained by
percolation or direct discharge into a lake or
- Reduce precipitation water requiring - Proved measures for the avoidance or
treatment treatment at location of occurrence
- Retention of precipitation water - Use natural retention volumes, if necessary
also create artificial facilities
- Separate surface water from external areas
of the sewerage system
- Consequent reduction of the amount of
sewer infiltration water
- Discharge of precipitation water not requiring
treatment via open ditches
- Laying of sewers in soft surface verges of - Particularly useful for transport sewers; take
public paths into account existing supply pipelines
- Reduction of the pipeline length of collection - Record easements; assure access; avoid
and transport sewers by line selection, also overbuilding
through private property (gardens, meadows
and arable land)
- Reduction of laying depth of collector sewer - As a rule lifting systems necessary
- Use of existing drainage systems - Examine and assess carrying capability and
structural condition with regard to future use
- Undercutting of previously demanded - Examine in individual cases
minimum pipe nominal widths
- Structural reduction of monitoring and pump - Pay attention to the efficiency of inspection
shafts/chambers to the operationally and cleaning equipment
necessary level
- Common pipeline trenches for supply and - Ensure timely agreement
disposal pipelines
- As far as possible backfilling of the open cut - Allow settlement in open ground
with in-situ soil
- Employment of new laying techniques - Examine the economy and applicability of
alternative construction methods and closed
construction in accordance with ATV
Standard A 125, drain ploughs, trench
cutting machines or small excavators with
trench bucket
- Agreement of road construction measures
with sewer construction measures

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3.6 Potential for Savings
For wastewater discharge it can be established that the potential for savings in the
conceptual field is greater that that for the constructional design and method of
construction. The preparation and assessment of alternatives with different drainage
solutions (local sewage treatment plant or group sewage treatment plant) and drainage
systems (comp. Sect. 3.3 with 3.5) are essential prerequisites for this.

The measures listed in Table 1 should be examined for applicability both for the
construction of new plants and for rehabilitation projects, whereby, along with investment
costs also the operational costs, as well as the life of the systems must be taken into

4. Wastewater Treatment
The capacity of sewage treatment plants in rural areas lies, as a rule, below 5000 IPE
(so-called small sewage treatment plants) and thus within the area of application for Size
Classes 1 and 2 of Appx. 1 of the Basic Wastewater Administration. Ordnance (Rahmen-
AbwasserVwV) in accordance with §7A of the Water Management Law (WHG). For small
sewage treatment plants in accordance with DIN 4261 - these are plants for a capacity
up to 8 m3/d wastewater inflow - there are no generally valid minimum requirements laid

This section goes into detail for the „small sewage treatment plant“. The statements
made can, to a limited extent, be carried over to plants with larger design capacities.

The valid Standard Specifications and Directives for sewage treatment plants considered
are summarised in Table 2.

4.1 Selection of the Sewage Treatment Plant

4.1.1 Small Sewage Treatment Plants or Local Sewage Treatment Plant?

The wastewater engineering connection of a built-up area with sewage treatment plants
individual to a private property and subsequent discharge contradicts the concerns of
local hygiene and water management. The disposal here of sludge is, to a large extent,
unsolved and, without large communal sewage treatment plants in the neighbourhood,
barely possible. Such an extensive decentralisation can be verified as saving no costs if
almost equal treatment services, such as with local or group sewage treatment plants,
are required and really all costs (operation, servicing, monitoring, sludge disposal,
depreciation) are recorded in real cost terms.

Small sewage treatment plants can be erected if a proper wastewater disposal by means
of public sewerage systems incur disproportionately high costs and the proper disposal
within and outside the property as well as the faecal sludge disposal are assured. Small
sewage treatment plants only come into consideration - independent of the treatment
process employed - for scattered buildings, local adjustments, gaps in buildings or similar
or as rehabilitation element for interim solutions.

Each community has, within the scope of its planning jurisdiction and in agreement with
the water authorities, the freedom of choice as to whether it pursues keeping scattered
buildings and the smallest localities as such or whether it defines residential or

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commercial areas. If it wishes to have the latter ,there results the necessity for a correct
disposal in the form of a central local connection.

4.1.2 Local Sewage Treatment Plants or Group Sewage Treatment Plant?

With the search for the correct wastewater engineering solution one must assume
various assessment criteria. The sequence below at the same time reflects the order of
precedence with decision making.

Lakes and rivers

Wastewater engineering rehabilitation measures serve for local hygiene and water
pollution control. With regard to the latter, the following question has to be at the
forefront: can a lake or river fundamentally and in particular with regard to downstream
usage, at all accept the treated wastewater at all? This question is a matter for the
responsible water authority.

The question of location

If a lake or river is suitable for the acceptance of treated wastewater there arises the
question of seeking a location for a local sewage treatment plant acceptable to all those
involved and affected. Local political groups, project management planning and planners
of wastewater systems must work together regarding the decision on location.

Wastewater treatment processes

Due to the differences of the wastewater treatment processes offered it is often
attempted, with system specific arguments, to influence the decision "capable of
acceptance by lake or river yes/no" and thus also the decision "local sewage treatment
plant yes/no". With the correct selection of a tested technical process the necessary
decisions with regard to "lakes and rivers" and "location" can be made with certainty.
High technology, extremely automated plants on the one hand or particularly nature-near
sewage treatment plants on the other provide no fundamentally new arguments for the
decision. Small sewage treatment plants which can be operated long-term without
servicing do not exist.

If a lake or river with acceptance capability, a nearby site for a sewage treatment plant
and a location for the group solution are available, alternatives for local and group
sewage treatment plants are to be investigated. In addition to the cost comparison
calculations in accordance with Federal States Working Team, Water (LAWA) Guide
lines [15] the non-financial assessable factors are to be evaluated in accordance with
Sect. 5.

4.2 Requirements under Water Law

With sewage treatment plants with a design capacity below 5000 IPE the minimum
requirements apply only for the organic pollutant parameters BOD5 and COD, none for
the nutrient parameters nitrogen and phosphorous.

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Advanced requirements can, however, come into consideration if they are, from a water
management aspect, necessary in order to achieve or maintain the planned quality in the
lake or river and if, at the same time, it is also expected that the desired target can be
actually achieved by reduction of the diffuse loads.

Thus the sewage treatment plant size of 5000 IPE also marks a limitation from the
dimensioning and technical process aspect which is reflected in ATV Standards of the
ATV series of Rules and Standards (see Table 2).

The requirements under Water Law for the discharge of treated wastewater must be
agreed between and laid down well in time by those responsible for the measures,
planners and responsible authority.

If time-staged requirements under Water Law are predetermined the planner is in a

position to present a design for appropriately fitting expansion stages.

4.3 Special Features of Small Sewage Treatment Plants

Planning and operation of small sewage treatment plants often prove to be more difficult
than with larger plants. The essential reasons for this are:

- the wastewater flow with small catchment areas has larger specific pollutant load
surges and higher hydraulic peaks than with larger drainage networks;

- small machines and technical processing installations are basically more liable to
faults than large units;

- the provision of qualified operating personnel for small sewage treatment plants in
practice often meets with the greatest difficulties: even automation cannot offer any
equivalent alternative.

The following planning principles derive from the special features of small sewage
treatment plants:

- small sewage treatment plants may not be designed as smaller copies of large

- buffering and balancing of the wastewater inflow are more important than highly
technical treatment stages;

- simple multipurpose construction is more advantageous than complicated multi-stage


- clearly arranged, easily serviced, robust mechanical installations are to be provided.

A high performance automation is to be avoided;

- operational safety and easy serviceability have priority over exaggerated volume and
energy savings;

- as a rule, sludge treatment can be put down as agricultural utilisation.

ATV Standards, Advisory Leaflets and Guides for small sewage treatment plants (see
Table 2) already take account of the above planning principles.

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4.4 Selection of Treatment Process
Technical sewage treatment plants and wastewater lagoons as well as combinations of
these two processes are available. In addition new developments are always coming into
discussion. The following come into question as treatment process:

- oxidisation ponds;

- aerated lagoons;

- wastewater lagoons with inserted biological contactors or biological filters;

- biological contactor or biological filter plants;

- activated sludge plants with joint aerobic sludge stabilisation;

- plants with hydrophyte beds as biological treatment element.

Table 3 contains a summary and assessment of the wastewater treatment processes for
connection sizes up to 5000 IPE. With this a preselection of the treatment process/type
of sewage treatment plant can be made. The most purposeful and economic solution can
then be made from investigations of alternative solutions. With this the main aspects are:

- efficiency and stability of the treatment process as well as the assurance of

maintaining the required discharge values;

- robustness and simplicity of the process technology;

- easy servicing and accessibility in order to be able to carry out the necessary
operations and the laid down self-monitoring measurements;

- assurance of sludge disposal;

- treatment and disposal of residues (screenings, grit chamber residue, sewage


- extension possibilities for staged expansion.

4.4.1 Wastewater Lagoons

Wastewater lagoons, due to their large buffer capacity, are to be more favourably rated
than small volume technical sewage treatment plants for the treatment of wastewater in
rural locations. They can dampen the knock-on effect of hydraulic and material pollution
surges on lakes and rivers and offer, through retention, the most simple possibility of joint
treatment of stormwater in small localities with combined sewer systems. (For possible
solutions see ATV Standard A 201). Further advantages are:

- possibility of near natural configuration;

- simple, cost saving construction;

- no or only small mechanical expense;

- in addition to a regular control of operation only small servicing task;

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- sludge clearance only necessary in one or two year intervals.

Wastewater lagoons have a relatively high surface area requirement. Odour emissions
from the first pond of an oxidation pond series are possible. The development of algae
and thus algae drifting can also be disruptive. With permeable subsoil a possible
expensive sealing of the bottom could be come necessary.

The following lagoon systems were differentiated:

Large volume oxidation ponds have the largest buffer capacity against pollution and
hydraulic surges. In particular, with existing or unavoidable new combined sewerage
systems of smaller rural areas, it represents the only viable solution for wastewater
treatment. Due to the large surface area requirement its main employment area is with
connection values below 1000 IPE.
Aerated lagoons are advantageous, due to their smaller specific surface area
requirement, with connection values of more than some 1000 IPE and, above all, with
the connection of seasonal operations, in particular such as those in the food industry.
Combination of lagoons with biological contactors or biological filters can be
shown to be a practical solution for connection sizes below some 3000 I, in particular
with the expansion of existing plants of one or another process and/or for planned staged
4.4.2 Technical Sewage Treatment Plants
Technical sewage treatment plants are available for residential areas, in particular if
separate drainage exists, i.e. stormwater is not jointly treated. However, it must be
ensured that only little sewer infiltration water ensues. The joint treatment of stormwater
in accordance with the principles of ATV Standard A 128 [9] leads, with localities with
connection values of less than 500 IPE, to constructional difficulties and operational
problems due to the necessary throttling down to small inflows, appropriate stormwater
tank emptying times (see also Sect. 3.5.2) as well as the design of the secondary
sedimentation installations. Sludge storage space is necessary for technical sewage
treatment plants with independent sludge disposal.
Activated sludge plants with joint sludge stabilisation are, as a rule, cheaper in
construction and more expensive in operation, at least for energy costs, than biological
contactor and biological filter plants. Due to the longer retention times of the wastewater
in the aeration tanks a larger buffer capacity is ensured. Furthermore, with flat large
aeration tanks, already considerable space for the acceptance of stormwater inflow is
available through small impoundage.
Biological filter plants regenerate themselves after a short period without any
operational intervention should there happen to be damage to the fixed biological film.
Problems with the sludge stirred up in the secondary sedimentation stage seldom occur.
However, the treatment method of the digestible sludge arising in the primary
sedimentation stage must be well thought out in biological filter plants.
Biological contactor plants are assessed as being similar to biological filter plants if
and when the mechanical installations are delivered in a robust design. Biological
contactors are, in any case, to be protected against the effects of weather by an
overhead construction.
Prefabricated compact plants/container sewage treatment plants, according to the
above described methods are, as a rule, cheaper to produce. However, they are more

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inflexible in their design for individual requirements and in method of operation. In many
cases they are for wastewater inflow only, i.e. not conceived for the joint treatment of
System sewage treatment plants, varied by component, can be equivalent to
dispersed construction..
New developments with special combination of methods and process variants,
e.g. SBR process, fixed bed technology and special constructions are to be
assessed separately case by case with regard to operational safety, scope of servicing,
treatment performance and sludge treatment in comparison with the normal, proven
operational processes. There are already ATV Working Groups formed for the processes
given above as examples. Suitable solutions for the joint treatment of stormwater and for
sludge treatment are often lacking. ATV Guide H 254 gives important information on the
assessment of such plants.

4.4.3 Plants with Vegetation Beds

For plants with vegetation beds there have been, up until now, only provisional definitions
in an ATV Standard A 262 (Draft) which, however, still does not represent generally
accepted dimensioning, planning and construction principles. Nevertheless, practice has
shown that, with careful planning, design and operation on the basis of ATV Standard A
262 and feeding with pre-treated domestic wastewater of normal concentrations, the
minimum requirements for sewage treatment plants up to 1000 IPE can be maintained.
Discontinuous (alternating) bed feeding improves the treatment performance and
contributes to the longer retention of the permeability of the soil matrix. The use of
cohesive soils is unsuitable for reasons of soil hydraulics.
Should vegetation beds be employed for biological treatment of wastewater, the following
is recommended:
- observation of the details laid down in ATV Standard A 262 (Draft) with regard to
location, dimensioning, construction and operation as well as primary sludge
treatment and disposal;
- construction of vegetation beds at ones own expense with the objective of cost
saving only under the direction of a specialist;
- cost comparison calculations taking into account all peripheral installations.
Vegetation beds have a comparatively high requirement for surface area. Odour
emissions can occur. With permeable subsoil possible expensive sealing of the bottom is

4.5 Potential for Savings

4.5.1 General
Precondition for the utilisation of all the following potential savings is the agreement
between the person responsible for the measures, the planner and the responsible
In the specific pollutant loads for the inhabitants there are already contingencies for
locally oriented small commercial concerns such as, for example, the butcher and the
village inn. General growth rates must be justified and should only exceed 10 - 15 % if
concrete developments with dates are known. The establishment of growth rates to be

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included in the planning must take place taking into account other reserves, e.g. in the
area of data assessment and dimensioning. An addition of growth rates and other
reserves and/or safety factors to give an inflated total reserve is to be avoided.
Insofar as a group sewage treatment plant is to be sought in the long-term, necessary
interim local sewage treatment plants are to be so designed and constructed that, if
required, the solution which goes beyond the local area can be developed by stages
from these plants.
- existing earth or concrete tanks, for example, can be refunctioned later for
stormwater treatment/storage.
- mechanical equipment and other plant components can possibly be used further at
other locations.
- activated sludge plants with joint sludge stabilisation can be modified later with

- lagoons can be expanded later with biological contactors/filters.

The solution which extends beyond the local area must therefore already be planned
early, at least for the main features, in order to take into account the location and the
later function can be taken into account in the planning of local sewage treatment plants.

Locations for sewage treatment plants are to be so selected that they are, as far as
possible, free from construction problems. Unfavourable site conditions, flooding
protection measures, noise and nature conservation conditions as well as measures for
the reduction of odour emissions have considerable influence on the construction and
operating costs.

Fundamentally, expansion phases staged by time must, in planning forecasts, be

provided with a minimum time interval (some 5 years) in order to guarantee economic
efficiency and to avoid continuous construction sites. In general not only the effects of
measures for savings on investment costs but also on the operating costs as well as on
operational safety are to be estimated and taken into account in decision making.

4.5.2 Potential for Savings with Limited Interim Solutions

With limited interim solutions there are the following possibilities for savings, dependent
on the later further usage of the sewage treatment plant:

- with technical sewage treatment plants and lagoons the dimensioning latitude given
by ATV Rules and Standards for the reduction of volume is to be fully utilised;

- the selection of material must, in the long rune, be matched to the interim solution
(e.g. for short term operating duration, railings and gratings in galvanised normal
steel and not in special steel);

- local plants should be so constructed that components can later continue to be used
on site (e.g. for stormwater tanks);

- the technical safety standard is, in agreement with the Municipal Accident Insurers
(GUV) and the professional association, to be limited to the absolutely necessary;

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- traffic areas are to be made as simple as possible (e.g. water bound cover);

- with wastewater lagoons one can dispense with an automatic screen and grit
chamber, with technical plants with a grit chamber clearance device;

- operational buildings should be constructed simply (e.g. container or wooden hut),

integration of laboratory and workshop facilities outside the local area can be used in
order to reduce the requirement for space;

- with the agricultural utilisation of sewage sludge one can dispense with a stationary
sludge dewatering plant. If a sludge dewatering is necessary, a mobile dewatering, or
better, a dewatering together in a larger neighbourhood sewage treatment plant fitted
with appropriate facilities is to be planned observing the reloading due to sludge

- emergency circulation pipelines are to be limited to the absolutely necessary level

and, with regard to the very infrequent usage, are to be of simple design;

- to a large extent one should do without stationary emergency power equipment.

Instead of this, exchange units should be held ready as neighbourhood aids or
emergency plans should be agreed with the Fire Service or Technical Aid Service

- protection against flooding should be matched to the duration of the interim solution
taking into account the effects of flooding;

- sludge containers should be constructed in simple form (e.g. based on the

construction of liquid manure containers in agriculture);

- expensive measurement, control and regulation technology is to be dispensed with.

4.5.3 Potential for Savings with Permanent Solutions

- Selection of location as well as considerations on central regional solutions should be
made according to water management and technical-scientific aspects and not to
administrative boundary or local political aspects.
- In addition to the general statistical basic data, primarily locality oriented, realistic
values are to be used in the planning. Where measurements for the substantiation of
dimensioning data are practical, these should be carried out.
- The efficiency of existing plant components is to be determined carefully and sensibly
included in the overall concept.
- Commerce is only to be taken into account according to the actual loading and, as far
as possible, not according to theoretical rates or unproven details from commercial
- A load-dependent, staged expansion should be included in the planning (e.g.
wastewater lagoons which can later be supplemented by technical plant).
- Technical and measurement equipment of the sewage treatment plant should be
carried using sound judgement. Furthermore, a simple circuit diagram is sufficient in
place of a mosaic circuit diagram.

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- Sewage sludge is as far as possible to be utilised in agriculture, whereby direct
acceptance by the farmers is to be sought.
- Sludge lagoons, in which a good dewatering with even return loading of the sewage
treatment plant is achieved with the employment of a suitable conditioning agent, can
be practical with necessary intermediate storage of sewage sludge.
- Delivery of faecal sludge with small sewage treatment plants presumes the holding of
large reserves as well as extensive additional facilities and is therefore to be avoided.
- Plant components can be placed on the ground or erected on shallow foundations,
should local conditions allow.
- In addition to normal construction the employment of prefabricated containers can be
taken into consideration taking account of lifetime.
- Necessary superstructures should be combined and/or so planned, through
appropriate design of the plants, that only small areas have to be overbuilt.
- If seasonal businesses are connected, the sewage treatment plant should be so
designed that, outside the season, components or indeed complete lines can be
taken out of operation.
- Quality standards are to be reduced to the absolutely necessary (material, wall
thickness, equipment).
- Attention should be paid to standardisation (holding of spare parts) with the
organisational combination of several sewage treatment plants.

5. Information for Cost Comparison Calculations

Investment and subsequent costs are essential for reaching a decision on a project or
possible variants/alternatives. In particular, the complete concept and total costs must
also be identifiable where an all-embracing and complete disposal can be carried out by
stages only.

The procedure in accordance with the Federal States Working Team Water (LAWA) [15]
"Guideline for the Carrying Out of Cost Comparison Calculations" has proved itself for
cost comparison. The aim of this Guideline is the cost associated assessment of water
management measures within the framework of investment decisions. It provides a
statement on the cost associated advantage of an alternative with the comparison of
various possibilities. It does not correspond with a business management cost
comparison. Prognoses on rates and contributions must be put together from the
communal tax laws of the Federal (German) States.

The cost comparison calculation divides into the following steps:

- costs determination;
- financial processing of the costs including cost comparison of cost cash values
and/or annual costs and sensitivity tests/sensitivity analyses;
- overall assessment.

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The application of this procedure, however, only makes possible a comparison of the
monetarily appraisable cost associated effects of alternatives with the same level of
planning without useful lives entering the comparison. Thus the application of this
method theoretically assumes the same useful life for the alternatives and , therefore,
can only verify the relative cost advantage capability of the alternatives.

Below are given notes and supplements from previous experiences on the individual
work steps.

Before starting planning, wastewater system planners, those responsible for the
measures, responsible authorities and, possibly, the affected citizens must agree on the
assessment of the non-monetarily calculable planning aspects. This is necessary as the
assessment of these factors is naturally also liable to subjective estimations.

For example, the following are designated as non-monetarily assessable aspects:

- intrusions into nature and landscape;

- consideration of the overall water resources;
- capability for timely realisation;
- reduction of the ease of drainage for customers;
- operational safety.

5.1 Cost Determination

The accuracy of cost determination depends on the planning stage (see Table 4). The
further the planning advances the more detailed and accurate the costs can be
estimated. The determination of the costs must be based on region specific up-to-date
prices and as far as possible on technical experiences from local projects. Cross-region
statistical details can offer an idea for the establishment of future price changes; they
must be matched to the regional conditions.

With the implementation of cost comparison calculations contributions from third parties
are not taken into account. The depreciation of properties is not to take place.

The cost determination for alternative solutions must always be comprehensive, i.e.
include all costs which occur at all points of origin, even those on private property.

Cost Planning stage/ Accuracy %

determination point in time (without
of construction
Provisional cost On awarding Rough estimate ± 50
assumption planning task
Cost assumptions Study Estimation based on values from experience
DM/km, DM/I, DM/ha
Cost estimation Initial planning Estimated on the basis of values from
experience DM/m, DM/m2, DM/m3
Cost calculation Draft planning Determined on the basis of roughly allocated
construction quantities per component DM/m3
soil, DM/m3 reinforced concrete
Cost estimate Placing of Exact determination on the basis of contract
construction conditions with the unit prices offered by the
services bidder

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Establishment of Settlement of Precise determination according to site 0
costs measures measurements and contractual agreements

Table 4: Accuracy of cost determination dependent on the planning stage

The following types of cost are to be taken into account in the cost comparison

Investment costs

- costs for purchase of land, damages, easements

- costs for preparation (planning, survey, expert opinion)
- costs for development and infrastructure
- construction costs
- reinvestment costs.

Current expenses/operating costs

- personnel costs
- material costs (operating and auxiliary resources)
- energy costs
- disposal costs
- maintenance costs
- wastewater charges.

Manufacturer specific dependencies are to be assessed carefully with regard to their

effects on the current costs.

5.2 Financial Mathematical Processing of Costs

In this working step the costs of alternatives are converted by finance-mathematical
means, at a predetermined point in time, or the purpose of a value. With this, the various
cost structures (alternatives with higher investment costs are compared with solutions
with high subsequent costs) must be taken into account.

With this, calculation variables are:

- useful life of construction, mechanical and electrical technology;

- rate of interest (actual/nominal);
- development of construction and operating costs (actual/nominal);
- period of consideration for the cost comparison.

The LAWA Guidelines [15] contain proposals for the determination of these parameters.
As these variables are decisive for the result of the comparison, they are also prescribed
specifically, in part, for a Federal State. The input values for the calculation variables, to
be determined beforehand by those involved, are to be traceably documented. Particular
attention must be given to the following points:

- determination of the period under consideration;

- determination of the individual rates of depreciation;
- consideration of reinvestments and determination of payment points;

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- consideration of residual values;
- consideration of the construction time for the start of the flow of capital and the
repayment period;
- region specific deviations with the determination of the calculation variables;
- unified determination of interest rate and price changes (actual/nominal) for all

Every planning measure and every comparison is based on assumptions. By the

variation of important input parameters (sensitivity analyses) the cost related effects of
possible changes to the end result are presented clearly.

5.3 Effects of Costs on Wastewater Charges

Every alternative examined in the cost comparison calculation must subsequently be
thoroughly assessed for annual costs which result from this. These - and not the
investment costs alone - are relevant for the wastewater charges, which the citizen, in
every case, has to bear. A recommendation on the determination of the charges cannot
be given, as these are, essentially, dependent on the specific local formulation of the
charges bye-law.

Basically the annual costs for wastewater disposal and thus the wastewater charges (see
Fig. 3) are made up from the cost groups

- operating costs including personnel costs

- wastewater charge
- calculated costs (interest and depreciation for expenses).

The expenses for depreciation are, along with the investment costs, essentially
determined by the depreciation period, i.e. higher investment costs for high value types
of design can, due to the longer depreciation period, be more favourable in annual costs
than lower investment costs with reduced standards. Investment and operating costs are
often equally opposed.

W astewater
charges Personnel costs

Other operating
Expenses for

Fig. 3: Composition of the wastewater charges in rurally structured regions

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5.4 Overall Assessment
The overall assessment is a summary of all previous examinations and calculations as
well as those of the input parameters upon which the comparison is based. It serves as
the final work step which presents the solution which is to be implemented and the
decision steps, as well as the considerations, transparently. It must, in addition to the
results of the cost comparison, indicate the evaluation of the non-monetarily considered
aspects. A summary in the form of a decision matrix has proved successful.

6. Technical Rules and Standards and Sources

(References which have no known official translation are given in the original language.
A courtesy translation is given in square brackets).
[1] EN 1091 Vacuum Drainage Outside Buildings; Performance Requirements -
[2] prEN 1671 Vacuum Drainage Systems - 12/94
[3] ATV A 101 Planning of Drain and Sewer Systems New Construction,
Rehabilitation and Replacement - 1/92
[4] ATV A 102 Allgemeine Hinweise für die Planung von Abwasserableitungs-
anlagen und Abwasserbehandlungsanlagen bei Industrie- und
Gewerbebetrieben - 11/90
[General Notes for the Planning of Wastewater Discharge Systems
and Wastewater Treatment Systems with Industrial and Commercial
[5] ATV A 110 Standard for the Hydraulic Dimensioning and Performance Verification
of Sewers and Drains - 8/88
[6] ATV A 115 Discharge of Non-Domestic Wastewater into a Public Sewerage
System - 10/94
[7] ATV A 116 Special Sewage Systems Vacuum Drainage Service - Pressure
Drainage Service - 9/92
[8] ATV A 125 Pipe Driving - 9/96
[9] ATV A 128 Standards for the Dimensioning and Design of Stormwater Structures
in Combined Sewers - 4/92
[10] ATV A 138 Construction and Dimensioning of Facilities for Decentralised
Percolation of Non-Harmful Polluted Surface Water - 1/90
[11] ATV A 400 Grundsätze für die Erarbeitung des Regelwerkes 1/94
[Principles for the preparation of Rules and Standards])
[12] ATV M 702 Wirtschaftsdünger, Abfälle und Abwasser aus landwirtschaftlichen
Betrieben - 8/95
[Manure, Wastes and Wastewater from Agricultural Concerns (in
[13] KA 1/87 Arbeitsbericht der ATV-Arbeitsgruppe 1.1.2 (1.1.6) Abwasser-
transportleitungen - Planungs Bau- und Betriebs-grundsätze“
[Report of the ATV Working Group 1.1.2 (1.1.6) „Compressed Air
Flushed Wastewater Transportation Pipes - Planning Construction
and Operation Principles“]

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[14] KA 2/94 Umgang mit Regenwasser - derzeitiger Stand der
Regenwasserbehandlung im Trennsystem; Arbeitsbericht der ATV
Arbeitsgruppe 1.4.3
[Dealing with Stormwater - Current Status of Stormwater Treatment in
the Separate System; Report of ATV Working Group 1.4.3.
[15] LAWA Leitlinien zur Durchführung von Kostenvergleichsrechnungen
Guidelines des LAWA Arbeits - kreises Nutzen-Kosten-Untersuchungen in der
Wasserwirtschaft 1993
[Guidelines for the Carrying out of Cost Comparison Calculations;
Elaboration of the LAWA Working Group Usage-Costs Investigations
in the
Water Industry 1993
[16] KA 5/95 Hinweise zur Versickerung von Niederschlagsabflüssen;
Arbeitsbericht der ATV-Arbeitsgruppe 1.4.1
[Notes on Percolation of Precipitation Runoffs;
Report of the ATV Working Group 1.4.1]
[17] KA 8/96 Handlungsempfelungen zum Umgang mit Regenwasser; 2.
Arbeitsbericht der ATV-Arbeitsgruppe 1.4.3
[Recommendations for the Handling of Stormwater; 2nd Report of the
ATV Working Group 1.4.3]
[18] KA 5/93 Weitergehende Anforderungen an Mischwasserentlastungen; 1.
Arbeitsbericht der ATV-Arbeitsgruppe 2.1.1
[Extensive Demands on Combined Wastewater Overflows; 1st Report
of the ATV Working Group 2.1.1]
[19] ATV-A105 Hinweise für die Wahl des Entwässerungssystems - 4/97
(Draft) [Information on the Selection of the Drainage System]

Further ATV Standards and Standard Specifications are listed in Table 2 "Summary of
the Valid Standard Specifications and Standards for Small Sewage Treatment Plants".

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Table 2: Summary of valid Standard Specifications and Standards for small sewage treatment plants as at April 1997
Range of 4 IPE to 50 IPE Range of 50 IPE to 500 IPE Range from 500 IPE to 5000 IPE

ATV Standard A 106 of October 1995

Design and Construction Planning of Wastewater Treatment System

ATV Standard A 123 of June 1985

Treatment and Disposal of Sewage Sludge from Small Sewage Treatment Plants

DIN 4261 Part 1 of February 1991 DIN 4261 Part 3 of September ATV Standard A 109 of January 1983
Small Sewage Treatment Plants 1990 Standards for the Connection of Motorway Services to Sewage Treatment
Plants without Wastewater Small Sewage Treatment
Aeration Plants
Application, Dimensioning and Plants without Wastewater
Design Aeration
Operation and Servicing
DIN drawing approval through DIN CERTCO ATV Standard A 129 of May 1979
Wastewater Disposal from Recreational and Tourist Facilities

DIN 4261 Part 2 of June 1984 DIN 426 1 Part 4 ATV Standard A 122 of June 1991 ATV Standard A 126 of December 1993
Small Sewage Treatment Plants Small Sewage Treatment Plants Standards for the Dimensioning, Construction and Principles for the Treatment of Wastewater in Sewage Treatment
Plants with Wastewater Aeration Plants with Wastewater Aeration Operation of Small Sewage Treatment Plants with Plants According to the Activated Sludge Process with Joint
Application, Dimensioning, Design Aerobic Biological Treatment Stage for Connection Sludge Stabilisation with Connection Values between 500 and
Values between 50 and 500 Inhabitants and Total 5,000 Total Number of Inhabitants and Population Equivalents
Population Equivalents
General engineering supervision approvals by the German Institute
for Civil Engineering
ATV Standard A 135 of March 1989
Principals for the Dimensioning of Biological Filters and
Contactors with Connection values over 500 Population

ATV Standard A 201 of October 1989

Principles for the Dimensioning , Construction and Operation of Wastewater Lagoons for Communal

ATV Standard A 257 of October 1989

Principles for the Dimensioning of Wastewater Lagoons and Interconnected Biological Filters or Contactors

ATV Standard A 262 (Draft) of October 1996

Principles for the Dimensioning, Construction and Operation of Plant Beds for Communal Wastewater for Capacities up to 1000 Inhabitants and
Population Equivalents

ATV Guide H 254 of November 1986

General Assessment Criteria for Sewage Treatment Plants with Special Process Combinations/Variants for Design
Capacities to 10,000 IPE
means: application also outside ATV Advisory Leaflet M 258 - in preparation
the limitations of the range Employment of Fine Screens and Sieves in Small Communal Sewage Treatment Plants

Table 3: Assessment of wastewater treatment processes for connection sizes up to approx. 5000 IPE
Process A B C D E F G
Plant beds Nonaerated Aerated wastewater Lagoon plant with Mechanical-biological Mechanical-biological Sewage treatment plant
Assessment criteria wastewater lagoon lagoon technical sewage treatment sewage treatment plant with additional or new
intermediate stage plant (compact construction) technology
(biological (open construction) (compact construction)
1 Treatment Known in part; Well known Well known Well known Well known Well known Always open questions
processes however, various with new developments
mechanisms in the
bodies of soil and still
unclear on the
influence of plants
2 Dimensioning Provisional Established (ATV A Established (ATV A Established (ATV A Established (ATV A Established (ATV A Deviations from normal
determinations (ATV M 201) 201) 257) 122, ATV A 126, ATV 122, ATV A 126, ATV dimensioning values
262 - Draft) A 135) A 135) often at the expense of
process stability and/or
operational safety (ATV
H 254)
3 M and E None to very little None to very little Medium Medium Variably high Mostly high to very Very high
equipment high
4 Constructional Pre-treatment None Mutual matching of Mutual matching of Proven solutions System type unit System type unit
characteristics necessary, lagoons, aeration and lagoons and technical available for all construction; construction;
continuously even stirring installations necessary details occasionally occasionally
wastewater feed and unacceptable space unacceptable space
bed throughflow interconnection interconnection
5 Reaction Bodies of soil difficult Bodies of water Bodies of water Process stages Process stages In part difficult access In part difficult access
volumes to control; enrichment controllable at all controllable at all times controllable individually controllable individually and control possibilities and control possibilities
of substances, times; in some cases of individual spaces of individual spaces
tendency to blockages algae mass
6 Buffer capacity Large Exceptionally large Very large Very large to large Large to medium; Often small; long-term Often very small
for pollutant long-term activation activation more
surges more favourable, favourable, biological
biological filter/contactor less so
filter/contactor less so
7 Storage capacity Slight; with additional Very large Very large Very large to large Small to very small Very small; stormwater Usually very small
with regard to bed impoundment stormwater tanks tanks necessary, with stormwater tanks
combined medium necessary, with small small design capacities necessary, with small
wastewater inflow design capacities difficulty with design capacities
difficulty with stormwater tank difficulty with
stormwater tank drainage stormwater tank
drainage drainage
8 Treatment Varying long-term Tested over the long- Tested over the long- Tested over the long- Tested over the long- According to the No long-term
performance experiences term term term term system more or less experience, at least not
- General long-term tested with full load
- Organic Minimum MR maintainable MR maintainable MR maintainable MR maintainable MR maintainable No details possible
substances Requirements (MR)
- Nutrients Very variable Moderate Moderate Moderate Slight Slight No details possible
Table 3: Assessment of wastewater treatment processes for connection sizes up to approx. 5000 IPE - continued -
Process A B C D E F G
Plant beds Nonaerated Aerated wastewater Lagoon plant with Mechanical-biological Mechanical-biological Sewage treatment plant
wastewater lagoon lagoon technical sewage treatment sewage treatment plant with additional or new
Assessment criteria intermediate stage plant (compact construction) technology
(biological (open construction) (compact construction)
9 Introductory Several weeks None None Intermediate stage a A few weeks A few weeks A few weeks
phase few weeks
10 Operational With inflow facilities Very slight Slight Slight Necessary daily Necessary daily; tasks Necessary daily; tasks
controls, and in the single flow often more difficult due often more difficult due
servicing area increased; to networking; to networking; specialist
plant care necessary specialist required with required with
operational defects operational defects
11 Operational Danger of blockage; Very high Very high to high Very high to high Different dependent on Very different for the Very different for the
safety risks with winter location and design various systems various systems
12 Residues Sludge clearance more Sludge clearance in Sludge clearance in Sludge clearance in Frequency of sludge Sludge clearance more Sludge clearance more
or less frequent one to several year one to several year one to several year removal according to or less frequent or less frequent
depending on the cycles according to cycles according to cycles according to intermediate storage according to system; according to system;
system design design design possibility frequency of sludge sludge removal and
removal according to disposal often not
intermediate storage sufficiently thought out
13 Operating costs Slight Very slight Considerable electricity Considerable electricity High High No details possible
costs; costs;
overall moderate overall moderate
14 Construction Moderate Moderate Moderate to high Moderate to high High Moderate to high No details possible
15 Area requirement Very large Very large Large Large to moderate Slight Very slight Very slight
16 Environmental Landscaping very Landscaping very Landscaping still very Landscaping still very Measures for Some system dictated Noise and odour
concerns easy; development of easy; development of possible; noise possible landscaping and noise buildings urgently problems usually solved
odours with operating odours with operating protection necessary protection necessary require skilled by complete cover;
problems problems according to aeration concealment super-structure requires
system skilled concealment
17 Area of Alternative to normal Preferably for rural For rural sites > 1000 I; For small sites < 3000 Adaptable to special Particular care required Only after careful
application biological processes sites < 1000 I; particularly suitable for I; in particular with local conditions with selection from the answering of questions
with connection values particularly suitable for locations with limited space or for the numerous on which advantages
< 1000 I; suitable as small locations with wastewater inflows rehabilitation of smaller manufacturer specific the new process brings
down-stream stage for combined wastewater from seasonal overloaded lagoon systems with regard to with departure from
wastewater treatment systems operations plants or of biological advantages, tried systems and with
filter or contactor disadvantages and acceptance of
plants with combined costs additional risks
wastewater problems