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Shubiao Wu

Dynamics of Fe(II), sulphur and phosphate in pilot-scale constructed wetlands treating a sulphate-rich chlorinated hydrocarbon contaminated groundwater

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  • Shubiao Wu
  • Zhongbing Chen, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH
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  • Mareike Braeckevelt, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH
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  • Eva M. Seeger, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH
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  • Renjie Dong, China Agricultural University
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  • Matthias Kästner, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH
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  • Heidrun Paschke, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH
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  • Anja Hahn, International Graduation School Zittau
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  • Gernot Kayser, International Graduation School Zittau
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  • Peter Kuschk, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH

Long-term investigations were carried out in two pilot-scale horizontal subsurface flow constructed wetlands (planted and unplanted) with an iron-rich soil matrix for treating sulphate-rich groundwater which was contaminated with low concentrations of chlorinated hydrocarbons. The temporal and spatial dynamics of pore-water sulphide, Fe(II) and phosphate concentrations in the wetland beds were characterized and the seasonal effects on sulphide production and nitrification inhibition were evaluated. The results demonstrated that the pore-water sulphide concentrations gradually increased from less than 0.2 mg/L in 2005 to annual average concentrations of 15 mg/L in 2010, while the pore-water Fe(II) concentrations decreased from 35.4 mg/L to 0.3 mg/L. From 2005 to 2010, the phosphate removal efficiency declined from 91% to 10% under a relatively constant inflow concentration of 5 mg/L. The pronounced effect of plants was accompanied by a higher sulphate reduction and ammonium oxidation in the planted bed, as compared to the unplanted control. A high tolerance of plants towards sulphide toxicity was observed, which might be due to the detoxification of sulphide by oxygen released by the roots. However, during the period of 2009-2010, the nitrification was negatively impacted by the sulphide production as the reduction in the removal of ammonium from 75% to 42% (with inflow concentration of 55 mg/L) correlated with the increasing mean annual sulphide concentrations. The effect of the detoxification of sulphide and the immobilization of phosphate by the application of the iron-rich soil matrix in the initial years was proven; however, the life-span of this effect should not only be taken into consideration in further design but also in scientific studies.

TidsskriftWater Research
Sider (fra-til)1923-1932
Antal sider10
StatusUdgivet - 15 apr. 2012
Eksternt udgivetJa

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