Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Waste Management Systems

Neil L. Drobny
Syed R. Qasim
Bruce W. Valentine

DOI: 10.2190/ES1.2.g


Cost effectiveness techniques have been used to identify the most cost effective commercially available waste-water treatment and disposal system for 500- and 1000-man military camps. Unit costs (cents per thousand gallons treated-capital plus operating) were developed using manufacturers' data. System effectiveness was determined using a decision weighting model based on paired comparisons. Results of this study have provided the Navy with guidance in terms of waste management systems that should be selected for use at advanced bases. Furthermore, this study is one example of how systems technology can be used in the solution of complex environmental quality management problems.

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