Synthesis of Eco-Industrial Parks Interacting with a Surrounding Watershed Academic Article uri icon


  • 2015 American Chemical Society. Industrial facilities impacting a watershed may be clustered into groups based on their geographical locations. Water usage and discharge for each clustered group of industries may be integrated through the introduction of an eco-industrial park (EIP). This paper presents a mathematical programming model for water integration of EIPs to be synthesized with the purpose of mitigating the environmental impact of industrial effluents discharged into watersheds. The model considers the creation of multiple EIPs, their location, sizing, and tasks. To determine the effect of the discharges on the surrounding watershed, a material flow analysis (MFA) model was coupled with water recycle strategies within the industrial facilities and the associated EIPs. The MFA characterizes the interaction of individual discharges and tracks the impact of the natural (physical, chemical, and biological) phenomena within the watershed on the fate and transport of pollutants. A multiobjective optimization formulation is developed to guide the decisions for multiplant water integration while accounting for the impact on the watershed. The objective function reconciles the minimization of the environmental impact on the watershed, the minimization of the total annualized cost of the water-management system, which includes the cost of fresh water, effluent treatment, and piping and pumping associated with the eco-industrial parks. An example is presented to show the scope and capabilities of the proposed optimization approach. (Figure Presented).

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author list (cited authors)

  • Celeste Lopez-Diaz, D., Lira-Barragan, L. F., Rubio-Castro, E., Maria Ponce-Ortega, J., & El-Halwagi, M. M.

citation count

  • 31

complete list of authors

  • Celeste Lopez-Diaz, Dulce||Lira-Barragan, Luis Fernando||Rubio-Castro, Eusiel||Maria Ponce-Ortega, Jose||El-Halwagi, Mahmoud M

publication date

  • July 2015