Removal of nitrogen and phosphorus from dairy wastewater using constructed wetlands systems operating in batch

Henrique Vieira Mendonça, Celso Bandeira de Melo Ribeiro, Alisson Carraro Borges, Ronaldo Rocha Bastos


This work presents the results of a study conducted for a period of seven months on the effectiveness of constructed wetland systems for the treatment of dairy wastewater aiming at removing, nitrogen and phosphorus. Six experimental systems were assembled with a net volume of 115 L using HDPE tanks, with length/width ratio of 2:1. In three of the systems, gravel 0 was used as substrate, while gravel 0 and sand was used in the three others, in the percentage of 80% and 20%, respectively. The systems were operated in batch cycles of 48 hours, applying 7.5 L of influent per cycle. Four of the experimental units were cultivated, and two kept as controls. The selected species chosen were the macrophytes, Typha domingensis and Hedychium coronarium. The removal efficiency concerning nitrogen compounds showed to be quite promising with values ranging from 29.4 to 73.4%, while phosphorus removal from the beds was lower, reaching efficiencies between 18.61 and 34.3%, considered good values, since the removal of these substances is quite difficult through conventional treatment.


eutrophying nutrient, ecotechnology, dairy effluent

Revista Ambiente & Água. ISSN:1980-993X  DOI:10.4136/1980-993X



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