The optimisation of the economic performance is a central aspect in the management of wastewater treatment plants. A model-based procedure was developed that could provide a clearly enunciated and concise way of reporting to the stakeholders on how well the assets are performing and can perform, separating the firm inefficiency from the effect of the treatment. The applied modelling method is conventional considering current modelling research practice, but very good from practical point of view in that it is applicable utilising existing plant data, i.e. without the use of additional measuring campaigns. This paper illustrates the validity of the developed procedures through the evaluation of the performance of oxidation ditches.

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