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Performance predictions of mature experimental constructed wetlands, which treat urban water receiving high loads of lead and copper

Scholz, M 2003, 'Performance predictions of mature experimental constructed wetlands, which treat urban water receiving high loads of lead and copper' , Water Research, 37 (6) , pp. 1270-1277.

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Abstract

The treatment efficiencies of vertical-flow wetland filters containing macrophytes and granular media of different adsorption capacities were investigated. Different concentrations of lead and copper sulphate were added to urban stream inflow water in order to simulate pre-treated (pH adjustment assumed) mine wastewater. After 1 year of operation, the metal mass load rate was increased by a factor of approximately 4.6. No breakthrough of metals was recorded. The use of macrophytes and adsorption media did not enhance heavy metal reduction significantly after 13 months of operation. A correlation analysis indicated strong positive correlations between conductivity on one side and other variables including temperature, total solids, dissolved oxygen and the redox potential on the other side. Some expensive or time-consuming variables (e.g., biochemical oxygen demand) can be predicted with less expensive ones (e.g., dissolved oxygen and temperature). The associated absolute mean errors were <10%.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Civil Engineering Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Water Research
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0043-1354
Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2011 11:06
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:59
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/16508

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