INFLUENCE OF LOADING RATE AND MODES ON INFILTRATION OF TREATED WASTEWATER IN SOIL-BASED CONSTRUCTED WETLAND

Abstract : Over the last 10 years soil-based constructed wetlands for discharge of treated wastewater (TWW) are commonly presented as a valuable option to provide tertiary treatment. The uncomplete knowledge in soil modifications and a lack of clear design practices laid the foundation of this work. The aim of this study was to determine optimal hydraulic loads and to observe the main critical parameters affecting treating performances and hydraulic loads acceptance. For this purpose, a soil rich in clay and backfill was chosen to perform column infiltration tests with TWW. Two loading rates and two loading modes were compared to study the influence of an intermittent feeding. Inlet and outlet waters were periodically analysed and columns were instrumented with balances, tensiometers, O2 and temperature probes. Soil physico-chemical characteristics were also taken into account to better understand the modification of the soil. One of the main expectations of tertiary treatment is to improve phosphate removal. A particular attention was thus given to phosphorus retention. The interest of an intermittent feeding in presence of a soil with high clay content was showed. This study highlighted that an intermittent feeding could make possible the use of a clay rich soil for water infiltration.
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Sara Bisone, Mathieu Gautier, Matthieu Masson, Nicolas Forquet. INFLUENCE OF LOADING RATE AND MODES ON INFILTRATION OF TREATED WASTEWATER IN SOIL-BASED CONSTRUCTED WETLAND. Environmental Technology, Taylor & Francis: STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles, 2016, 6th International Symposium on Wetland Pollutant Dynamics and Control (WETPOL) and the Annual Conference of the Constructed Wetland Association, 38 (2), pp.163-174. ⟨10.1080/09593330.2016.1185165⟩. ⟨hal-01328708⟩

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