UCARE: Undergraduate Creative Activities & Research Experiences


Date of this Version

Spring 4-2020

Document Type



Poster presentation, UCARE Research Fair, Spring 2020, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright 2020 by the authors.


This study identifies the overall impact that the installation and construction phase of sanitary sewer systems have on the environment. Construction data on sanitary sewer systems from small Nebraska communities was collected and compared to the operating phase of the sanitary sewer. The operating phase is the energy required for the lift station. Analyzing sanitary sewers during their entire life cycle involved the raw materials, infrastructure construction, installation, operation of the system, and maintenance.

Wastewater treatment systems are meant to reduce the negative impact that humans have on the environment. The purpose of the system is to treat and disinfect the toxic wastewater before returning it back to the environment. Few studies have been published on the embedded environmental impacts of the installation and construction phase of sanitary sewers. Most studies evaluated only the operational phase. Better planning and designing can be performed for sanitary infrastructure if the embedded environmental impacts are understood.