Wastewater Research

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John R. Buchanan
Associate Professor
Wastewater Management

Groups and Facilities

(6 mentions)

Decentralized Wastewater Management 
Improving public and environmental health with decentralized technology.



Five Things You Didnít Know about the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center, 9/17/2015


(1 mention)

Intro to Biosystems Engineering 
Can we get more food, water, energy? Can we solve the problem of environmental degradation, drought, famine? Is it even possible? YES! Through Agricultural and Biological Engineers.


Recent Publications

Removal of trace organic compounds in domestic wastewater using recirculating packed-bed media filters Perez, B. N., J. R. Buchanan, J. M. DeBruyn, K. L. Cobaugh, and W. E. Hart.  2017.  Transactions of ASABE 60: 1593-1605.

Using the HYDRUS Model to Determine Optimum Emitter Spacing for Community Wastewater Drip Dispersal Systems. Water Environment Federation Exhibition and Technical Conference, New Orleans, LA, September 27.  Radcliffe, D. E., and J. R. Buchanan.  2016.  Water Environment Federation Exhibition and Technical Conference, New Orleans, LA, Sept 27.

Removal of Trace Organic Compounds in Domestic Wastewater using Recirculating Packed-Bed Media Filters.  Brittani Perez  2015.  M.S. Thesis. [Abstract]

Engineered Strategy to Remediate Trace Organic Contaminants using Recirculating Packed-Bed Media Biofilters at Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems.  Buchanan, J. R., B. N. Perez, and J. M. DeBruyn.  2015.  WEFTEC, Chicago, IL, September 26-30, 2015.

Removal of arsenic from simulation wastewater using nano-iron/oyster shell composites.  Fan, L., S. zhang, X. zhang, H. Zhou, Z. Lu, and S. Wang.  2015.  Journal of Environmental management, 156: 109-114.

Decentralized Wastewater Treatment.  Buchanan, J. R.  2014.  book chapter, Volume Three, 'Remediation of Polluted Water,' in the Series 'Comprehensive Water Quality and Purification.' Elsevier, Oxford, United Kingdom.

An investigation for the need of secondary treatment of residential wastewater when applied with a subsurface drip irrigation system.  Buchanan, J. R., and B. Hillendbrand.  2014.  Proceedings, Innovations in Soil Based Wastewater Treatment. Soil Science Society of America, Albuquerque, NM, April 7-8.

Recirculating media filters providing wastewater treatment at rural schools with ammonia discharge limits.  Buchanan, J. R.  2013.  Proceedings National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, 22nd Annual Technical & Education Conference, Millennium Maxwell House Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee. November 17-20. [Abstract]

Onsite wastewater and soil science in the 21st century.  Lindbo, D. L., J. R. Buchanan, and G. W. Loomis.  2013.  Proceedings, ASA, CSSA & SSSA International Annual Meetings, Tampa, Florida, Nov. 4.

Full-Scale Development and Testing of a System to Manage Pesticide-Contaminated Wastewater.  Hart, W. E., F. S. Glover, D. C. Yoder, and T. C. Mueller.  2012.  Applied Engineering in Agriculture, Vol 28(3):341-346. [Abstract]

Cost of individual and small community wastewater management systems: Users guide to the wastewater planning model Buchanan, J. R.  2010.  Performance and Cost of Decentralized Unit Processes, Water Environment Research Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia. 20 pages.

Majoring in decentralized wastewater management.  Buchanan, J. R.  2010.  Water Environment & Technology, vol 22(7): 23-25.