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Title: Applicability of constructed wetlands for water quality improvement in a tea estate catchment : the Pussellawa case study
Authors: Ng, Wun Jern
Weerakoon, G. M. P. R.
Jinadasa, K. B. S. N.
Herath, G. B. B.
Mowjood, M. I. M.
Keywords: Constructed Wetlands
Agriculture Catchment
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Weerakoon, G. M. P. R., Jinadasa, K. B. S. N., Herath, G. B. B., Mowjood, M. I. M., & Ng, W. J. (2018). Applicability of constructed wetlands for water quality improvement in a tea estate catchment : the Pussellawa case study. Water, 10(3), 332-.
Series/Report no.: Water
Abstract: Water in agricultural catchments is prone to pollution from agricultural runoff containing nutrients and pesticides, and contamination from the human population working and residing therein. This study examined the quality of water in a drainage stream which runs through a congested network of ‘line houses’ (low-income housing, typically found arranged in straight ‘lines’ on estates) in the tea estate catchment area of Pussellawa in central Sri Lanka. The study evaluated the applicability of vertical subsurface flow (VSSF) and horizontal subsurface flow (HSSF) constructed wetlands for water polishing, as the residents use the stream water for various domestic purposes with no treatment other than possibly boiling. Water flow in the stream can vary significantly over time, and so investigations were conducted at various flow conditions to identify the hydraulic loading rate (HLR) bandwidth for wetland polishing applications. Two wetland models of 8 m × 1 m × 0.6 m (length × width × depth) were constructed and arranged as VSSF and HSSF units. Stream water was diverted to these units at HLRs of 3.3, 4, 5, 10, 20, and 40 cm/day. Results showed that both VSSF and HSSF wetland units were capable of substantially reducing five-day biochemical oxygen demand (BOD5), total suspended solids (TSS), fecal coliform (FC), total coliform (TC), ammonia nitrogen (NH4+-N), and nitrate nitrogen (NO3−-N) up to 20 cm/day HLR, with removal efficiencies of more than 64%, 60%, 90%, 93%, 70%, and 59% for BOD5, TSS, FC, TC, NH4+-N, and NO3−-N, respectively, in the VSSF wetland unit; and more than 66%, 62%, 91%, 90%, 53%, and 77% for BOD5, TSS, FC, TC, NH4+-N, and NO3−-N, respectively, in the HSSF wetland unit.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/87729
http://hdl.handle.net/10220/45543
ISSN: 2073-4441
DOI: 10.3390/w10030332
Rights: © 2018 The Author(s). Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
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