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  1. Vol. 31 No. 2, p. 690-696
    Received: Mar 29, 2001

    * Corresponding author(s): jingsr@mail.chna.edu.tw
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Microcosm Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment with Different Hydraulic Loading Rates and Macrophytes

  1. Shuh-Ren Jing *a,
  2. Ying-Feng Lina,
  3. Tze-Wen Wangb and
  4. Der-Yuan Leea
  1. a Department of Environmental Engineering and Health, Chia-Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, 60, Erh-Jen Road, Sec. 1, Pao-An, Jen-Der, Tainan, 717, Taiwan, ROC
    b Department of Pharmacy, Chia-Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, 60, Erh-Jen Road, Sec. 1, Pao-An, Jen-Der, Tainan, 717, Taiwan, ROC


Constructed wetlands (CW) usually require large land areas for treating wastewater. This study evaluated the feasibility of applying CW with less land requirement by operating a group of microcosm wetlands at a hydraulic retention time (HRT) of less than 4 d in southern Taiwan. An artificial wastewater, simulating municipal wastewater containing 200 mg L−1 of chemical oxygen demand (COD), 20 mg L−1 of NH+ 4–N (AN), and 20 mg L−1 of PO3− 4–P (OP), was the inflow source. Three emergent plants [reed, Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud.; water primrose, Ludwigia octovalvis (Jacq.) P.H. Raven; and dayflower, Commelina communis L.] and two floating plants [water spinach, Ipomoea aquatica Forssk.; and water lettuce, Pistia stratiotes L.] plants were tested. The planted systems showed more nutrient removal than unplanted systems; however, the type of macrophytes in CW did not make a major difference in treatment. At the HRTs of 2 to 4 d, the planted system maintained greater than 72, 80, and 46% removal for COD, AN, and OP, respectively. For AN and OP removal, the highest efficiencies occurred at the HRT of 3 d, whereas maximum removal rates for AN and OP occurred at the HRT of 2 d. Both removal rates and efficiencies were reduced drastically at the HRT of 1 d. Removals of COD, OP, and AN followed first-order reactions within the HRTs of 1 to 4 d. The efficient removals of these constituents obtained with HRT between 2 and 4 d indicated the possibility of using a CW system for waste-water treatment with less land requirement.

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Copyright © 2002. American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science SocietyPublished in J. Environ. Qual.31:690–696.