Faculty Advisor

Plummer, Jeanine D.


The goal of this project was to design an effective manganese control process for the Russell F. Tenant Drinking Water Treatment Facility in Attleboro, MA. Water quality in Orrs Pond, the primary source water for the facility, was analyzed over a five month period. Treatment options were assessed using a criteria matrix. Oxidation with potassium permanganate was selected for a detailed design including chemical dosing, operational considerations, alkalinity consumption, and cost. The process was laboratory tested and oxidized up to 99% of manganese using theoretical permanganate dosing. Recommendations for the continuation of this project include a year-round water quality assessment of the intake water and full-scale testing the design.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2011


Civil Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering