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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology
Center for Environment and Energy Research and Studies (CEERS)
ISSN: 1735-1472
EISSN: 1735-2630
Vol. 13, No. 6, 2016, pp. 1433-1442
Bioline Code: st16135
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology, Vol. 13, No. 6, 2016, pp. 1433-1442

 en The hydraulic retention time on the particle removal efficiency by Daphnia magna check for this species in other resources filtration on treated wastewater
Serra, T. & Colomer, J.


The study of low-cost techniques for the tertiary treatment of wastewater is of global interest; above all low-energy techniques that do not require the use of chemicals. In this study, a wastewater treatment technology based on the filtration by a zooplanktonic population (Daphnia magna) is studied in controlled laboratory and mesocosm experiments for different hydraulic retention times (HRT). The efficiency of the treatment is evaluated in terms of particle removal efficiency. From laboratory experiments, HRT over 12 h and Daphnia concentrations above 50 individuals l-1 guarantee a particle removal efficiency greater than 30 %. However, low HRT of 6 h would require Daphnia concentrations above 70 individuals l-1 in order to obtain a particle removal efficiency of 20 %. The minimum removal efficiency of 2 % was for HRT = 3 h, independent of the Daphnia concentration. In the mesocosm, the growth of Daphnia individuals enhanced Daphnia magna filtering rates and higher removal efficiencies than those in the laboratory for the same HRT range. In the mesocosm experiments E. coli check for this species in other resources concentrations were reduced to a maximum of 2 logarithmic units. A balance equation model is proposed to predict particle removal efficiencies for varying HRT.

Tertiary treatment; Daphnia magna; Turbidity; E. coli

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