Capacity of an on-site recirculating vertical flow constructed wetland to withstand disturbances and highly variable influent quality

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Abstract

Small on-site decentralized wastewater-treatment systems have been acknowledged as a key component of wastewater infrastructure worldwide. Such systems, with small water volumes, are generally based on microbial treatment and may be subjected to disturbances due to significant variations in influent quantity and quality over short periods of time. The recirculating vertical flow constructed wetland (RVFCW) has been developed as an on-site treatment system, and the aim of this study was to assess its resilience and recovery capacity upon exposure to extreme conditions such as high and low water pH, interruption of water recirculation, and high concentrations of different pollutants. The experimental setup consisted of three bench-scale RVFCWs that served as controls and three to which the disturbances were applied, one at a time. Raw and treated effluents were sampled periodically and analyzed for a variety of water-quality parameters (e.g., BOD 5, and TSS). The effects of the disturbances were found to be short-lived and, in general, recovery was observed within 24h. It was concluded that the RVFCW is a robust and reliable decentralized system for the treatment of domestic wastewater.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1572-1577
Number of pages6
JournalEcological Engineering
Volume37
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Decentralized wastewater treatment
  • Vertical flow constructed wetland
  • Wastewater reuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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