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Comparison of constructed reed beds with different filter media treating simulated mine drainage water

Scholz, M and Wu, J 2002, 'Comparison of constructed reed beds with different filter media treating simulated mine drainage water' , Ecological Engineering, 18 (3) , pp. 385-390.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the treatment efficiency of passive vertical-flow constructed wetland filters containing different macrophytes (Phragmites and/or Typha) and granular media with different adsorption capacities. Different concentrations of lead and copper sulphate were added to the polluted urban stream inflow water to simulate pre-treated mine wastewater. A fertilizer was added to one filter only. The relationships between growth media and plant communities as well as the reduction of predominantly lead and copper were investigated. Lead, copper and 5-day biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) concentrations were reduced similarly for all the wetlands. An analysis of variance showed that the concentration reductions (mg/l) of lead, copper and BOD were significantly similar for the six experimental wetlands. There appears to be no additional benefit in using expensive adsorption media like granular activated carbon to enhance biomass performance during the first 10 months of operation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cattail (typha latifolia), charcoal, common reed (phragmites australis), constructed wetlands, copper, fertilizer, filtralite; granular activated carbon, lead, sand
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: Ecological Engineering
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0925-8574
Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2011 10:57
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:00
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/16780

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