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Table 8-4, Caso Study Location bin Boliovito, 1. Gwinnet Co, GA Chicago, FL Worth, TX Staton Location ‘aurora, a Botevilo, tL a Allanta, GA Chicago tL Dalles, Wor, Tx Maximum Rointall and Air Tomporature Data for Air Drying Case Studies Mean Anoual Rina nye Mum va la 1 Yo svrage oth patio 1951-1980 vorage for tha period 1984-1083, Sealy avoabe fr he pos 1956-068 la = fol aval. Inj x2.54 = omy. ‘good faith to nearby residents. Such equipment serves as evidence that the treatment plant is taking action to resolve the complaints of neighbors. ‘An additional benefit that the engineering staff foresees is that the tractor auger will sil be useable it they convert to a sludge composting operation. Already, woodchips have been stockpiled in one section of the drying bed site for use as a bulking agent in pilot studios with sludge composting. The auger aerator is directly applicable for composting operations because of its mixing and windrowing capabilites, Another bonoft of the auger aerator is that operator acceptance has been vary good. The machine has an air-conditioned cab with a stereo and is pleasant to ‘operate. Because of the comfort, the operators are feager to use the unit. The “user-friendly” cab has two major benofits. First, the operators take pride in the condition and appearance of the tractor auger. At the timo of this site visit in 1984 the machine was boing thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day. Second, since operators enjoy using the machine, it is more'tkely to be used as intended. Therefore, i is more litely that the sludge beds will be maintained in a way that accelerates the drying time and reduces, insect and odor problems. It should be noted that the tractor auger also has one disadvantage. The machine may be creating a long- term problem since the auger mechanism has a tendency to scrape and mix sand from the sand drying beds with the sludge. Since the sand is well xed with the sludge, it is removed when the sludge trucked from the site. In the long term this removal could cause a lowering of the sand beds and could ultimately require the replacement of sand materials to avoid exposing or damaging the underdrain system. However, since the Village Creek Plant's underdrain system is said to be installed nearly 1.8 m (6 ft) below the surface, the sand removal is not an immediate concern. 8.4 Weather Data Table 8-4 provides annual average rainfall and air temperature data for weather station locations near the locations described in this chapter. This weather data can be used to see if differences in dewatering rates between locations are caused by difforing rainfall amounts and air temperatures. 8.5 Reference 1. Technology Evaluation of Brown Bear Tractor for Sludge Dewatering. J.M. Montgomery Inc., EPA Contract Report 68-03-1821, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Water Engineering Research Laboratory, Cincinnati, OH, 1984.