International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 3 Issue 1 2012- July 2012        Pages: 297- 304            <<Previous    Next>>

Experimental study on waste water treatment using lab scale reed bed system using Phragmitis australis

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Ramprasad. C
Department of Civil Engineering, BSA Crescent Engineering College, Chennai.


The waste water generated from the quarters, school hostel and college hostels in our university campus were collected and analyzed. Conventional treatment method and the method of purification using Reed bed for the treatment of effluent were compared. The plant used for this purpose was Phragmitis australis which is locally known as NANAL. The experiment was conducted with the Primary treated sewage taken from the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) of our campus. From the experiment it is found that the one with Reed Bed system gives a better quality treated water vis-à-vis the campus STP treated water. Hence, the filter bed of STP is planted with Phragmitis australis as a trial run. The project presents the method of construction of root zone bed and the effectiveness of removal of various contaminants using this root zone treatment process. The results for raw water and treated water samples were compared and discussed.

Keywords: Wastewater, Reed bed, Root zone, Contaminants, Phragmitis australis.

DOI: 10.6088/ijes.2012030131028

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