Use of plastic and textile media in polishing primary treated effluent

Khalife, Mohsen 2005, Use of plastic and textile media in polishing primary treated effluent, in On-site '05 : Performance Assessment for On-site Systems : Regulation, Operation and Monitoring : Proceedings of On-site `05 Conference, Lanfax Laboratories, Armidale, N.S.W., pp. 265-271.

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Title Use of plastic and textile media in polishing primary treated effluent
Author(s) Khalife, Mohsen
Conference name On-site `05 Conference (2005 : Armidale, N.S.W.)
Conference location Armidale, N.S.W.
Conference dates 27-30 Sep. 2005
Title of proceedings On-site '05 : Performance Assessment for On-site Systems : Regulation, Operation and Monitoring : Proceedings of On-site `05 Conference
Editor(s) Patterson, R. A.
Jones, M. J.
Publication date 2005
Conference series On-site Conference
Start page 265
End page 271
Publisher Lanfax Laboratories
Place of publication Armidale, N.S.W.
Summary The majority of on-site sewage management systems in Australia fail to perform to expectations. About 60% to 80% of on-site systems reportedly fail to produce acceptable effluent quality, and there is an increaed concern about the risks associated with public health and environmental pollution. In Victoria, a large proportion of septic tank installations have been reported to discharge highly polluted waste to drains and streams. Users, often considered by regulators as operators, have to bear the costs of upgrade/replacement of their old systems to meet stringent water quality guidelines. Some of the common problems include clogging of the disposal fields due to solids and organic overloading and surfacing of highly polluted effluent. Large land application area is subsequently required for irrigating the effluent and/or installation of upgraded disposal fields.
This paper investigates the effectiveness of various types of textile and plastic media, in polishing primary tank effluent, downstream from a typical two-compartment septic tank system. Results to date show that high biochemical oxygen demand removal rates are achieved from the textile and plastic media (up to 86% and 83% respectively). At these removal levels, the performance of a combined conventional septic tank system and plastic/textile filters is comparable to that of an advanced aerated wastewater treatment system. This approach, subject to further investigation, could provide a less costly upgrade.
Notes Conference program : http://www.lanfaxlabs.com.au/papers/On-site-2005-TOC.pdf
ISBN 0957943822
Language eng
Field of Research 090701 Environmental Engineering Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2005, Lanfax Laboratories
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005710

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