Dosen Mengabdi IPB University Improves IPLT Operators' Competence in Environmental Pollution Control

Dosen Mengabdi IPB University held a socialization on Increasing the Capacity of Fecal Sludge Treatment Plant (IPLT) of Public Works and Spatial Planning Service (DPUPR) of Klaten Regency, (30/9). The socialization was carried out through a semi-online method which was attended by the Head of Garbage and Waste Operational Section, Planning Staff of Public Works and Spatial Planning Office of Klaten Regency, and IPLT Operational Staff. This socialization was held to improve the quality of IPLT Operational Personnel so that they knew the roles, responsibilities, and problems faced in IPLT management.

One of Dosen Mengabdi IPB University's member from Vocational School Environmental Management and Engineering study program, Beata Ratnawati, ST, MSi said, an IPLT operator must have two supporting competencies, namely technical competence and moral competence.

Technical competence is knowledge about the function of each treatment unit in the IPLT, as well as the methods for treating the characteristics of sludge pollutants. Then, moral competence is character and a sense of concern for the maintenance and protection of the environment. Both competencies must be owned and mutually support to preserve the environment. IPLT operators have a big role in environmental management, especially related to managing pollution from faecal sludge.

"Supervision and maintenance at IPLT are needed, so their unit can continue to be optimal and the resulting effluent does not pollute the environment. Fecal sludge can pollute the environment, so it is necessary to manage it. Guidelines for the management of fecal sludge in Klaten Regency are in accordance with Klaten Regency Regulation Number 12 of 2018 concerning Domestic Water Management to obtain output below the quality standard," she said.

Meanwhile, Dimas Ardi Prasetya, ST, MSi, lecturer of IPB University from Engineering and Environmental Management study program at Vocational School also said that the treated sludge can be used as fertilizer if it meets the requirements. The sludge that is already in the indicator tub can be disposed of into the environment and as a planting medium, especially for ornamental plants or non-food plants so that pollutants do not accumulate into the plant.

Beata added that the limitations in the midst of the current pandemic do not discourage IPLT operators from continuing to acquire knowledge. One of them is knowledge related to the operation and management of IPLT. This is shown by questions from the participants in an effort to improve the management of IPLT in Klaten Regency. One of the questions posed is how to know if IPLT is functioning optimally.

Beata said that to determine the condition of IPLT unit that has been functioning optimally is to test the key parameters of the sludge entering and leaving the IPLT. For example, Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD), Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), and ammonia so that we can find out the effectiveness of reducing pollutants in IPLT.  (IAAS/SAR)


Published Date : 01-Oct-2020

Resource Person : Dimas Ardi Prasetya, ST, MSi

Keyword : IPLT, Dosen Megabdi, IPB University, Vocational School