This paper shows how the dynamic simulation of municipal wastewater treatment plants can be used for assessing the performance of a plant under different legal requirements. In this study, the situation is described, when it was uncertain, how the requirements of the German law (ARA-V 1991) would be adapted to the requirements given by the EC-directive concerning urban wastewater treatment (EC directive, 1991). The requirements of these two are compared to each other. A simulation study is described, in which the future results of a plant to be extended are calculated for the period of one year. It is shown that, concerning the effluent concentrations of ammonia and total nitrogen, this plant will be able to meet both laws.

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