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[en] The anaerobic feed of tannery effluent was treated using a new invention of an integrated approach: electrochemical oxidation with aerobic pretreatment, which reduces the chemical oxygen demand (COD) and sulfur/sulfide gas formation. Bacterial consortium was used in the present study isolated from a common effluent treatment plant (CETP). Microbial community analysis of anaerobic feed of tannery effluent (AFTE) was done by next generation sequencing. Under aerobic treatment, 79% and 85% of COD reduction were achieved during 3rd and 5th days of the aerobic process. The electrochemical oxidation process was applied for 60 min to reduce the remaining COD using the current density of 20 mA/cm2. Ti-TiO2/IrO2/RuO2-coated mesh and titanium sheet were used as anode and cathode respectively in an electrochemical reactor. A separate electrooxidation experiment was also carried out with galvanostatic mode of constant current density (20 mA/cm2) which enhanced the duration of electrochemical oxidation up to 13 h for complete reduction of COD concentration. UV-Vis and NMR spectroscopy were used to confirm the degradation of organic matter in the tannery effluent during aerobic and electrooxidation processes, where aerobic bacterial degradation is significant. The presence of mixed salt chloride and sulfate was recovered and the elemental composition was confirmed by EDAX analysis.
[en] The performance of a bench scale 'anaerobic fixed-film down-flow bioreactor' with glass bead as a packing material for treatment of high strength wastewater (spent wash) in terms of percent Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) and Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) removal at various temperatures has been studied. The reactor is operated at temperatures ranging from 35 deg. C to 51 deg. for hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 15 days. For this hydraulic retention time, experimental results show that COD removal is 60-64.8 % and BOD removal is 65.3 - 70%. The maximum percent COD and BOD removal is observed at 41 deg. C. (author)
[en] Recycling of wastewater of a canteen was done at Attock refinery Limited, Rawalpindi during 2002. The wastewater of the refinery canteen was recycled after a long process and was reused for irrigation of nearby garden and other landscape plants. The average outflow of the wastewater from the canteen was calculated as 4000 liters/day. Laboratory analysis for the quality of wastewater was conducted and it was found that suspended solid. Chemical Oxygen demand (COD) and biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) of the wastewater were above the National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS) limits. Treatment system employed was composed of screening and settling tank for removing the suspended solids and aeration for decreasing the COD and BOD. It was a low cost system in which the materials used were mostly taken from the redundant stock. Air was given for aeration with the help of a compressor. The treated water was tested in the laboratory for the priority parameters i.e. temperature, pH, BOD, COD, Total suspended solids (TSS), Total dissolved (TDS), oil and grease and Phenols. These parameters were compared with the National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS). Treated water was used for irrigation of the nearby garden and landscape. The recycling process was successfully conducted and a huge quantity of 4000 liters water/day (1000 G water/day) was processes was successfully conducted and a huge quantity of 4000 liters water/day (1000 G water/day) was recycled with a daily saving of Rs.100 at the rate of Rs.1/10 G water that was taken from market survey. (author)
[en] River Dhor faces steep slope before it reaches the area of Nikka Pau, Haripur where the slope is gentle and most of the deposition, naturally Occurring, starts from here till the river reaches Tarbela Dam. River Dhor receives industrial and town effluents in the way at many places. This study is present the water pollution analysis of River Dhor before and after entering the Nikka Pau Area. The water samples were taken from different places and were analyzed for pH, turbidity, conductivity, hardness, alkalinity/acidity, Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), suspended and dissolved solids etc. Cations like iron, nickel, copper, chromium and anions like sulfates and nitrates were checked by standard analytical techniques. Some trace metals like magnesium, calcium, lead, tin and zinc were also detected by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) in the water samples. The results were interpreted and compared with the National Env. Quality Standards (NEQS). (author)
[en] Petroleum refinery effluents are waste originating from industries primarily engaged in refining crude oil. It is a very complex compound of various oily wastes, water, heavy metals and so on. Conventional processes are unable to effectively remove the chemical oxygen demand (COD) of petroleum refinery effluents. Supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) was proposed to treat petroleum refinery effluents. In this paper, methanol was used to investigate co-oxidative effect of methanol on petroleum refinery effluents treatment. The results indicated that supercritical water oxidation is an effective process for petroleum refinery effluents treatment. Adding methanol caused an increase in COD removal. When reaction temperature is 440 .deg. C, residence time is 20 min, OE is 0.5 and initial COD is 40000 mg/L, and COD removal increases 8.5%
[en] The oxidation of oily sludge in supercritical water is performed in a batch reactor at reaction temperatures between 663 and 723 K, the reaction times between 1 and 10 min and pressure between 23 and 27 MPa. Effect of reaction parameters such as reaction time, temperature, pressure, O2 excess and initial COD on oxidation of oily sludge is investigated. The results indicate that chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal rate of 92% can be reached in 10 min. COD removal rate increases as the reaction time, temperature and initial COD increase. Pressure and O2 excess have no remarkable affect on reaction. By taking into account the dependence of reaction rate on COD concentration, a global power-law rate expression was regressed from experimental data. The resulting pre-exponential factor was 8.99 x 1014 (mol L-1)-0.405 s-1; the activation energy was 213.13 ± 1.33 kJ/mol; and the reaction order for oily sludge (based on COD) is 1.405. It was concluded that supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) is a rapidly emerging oily sludge processing technology.
[en] The oxidative degradation of aqueous carbofuran, a heavily used toxic carbamate insecticide by low temperature plasma, was investigated. The results show that the treatment efficiency increases with the increase in initial concentration. Raising the treatment temperature and changing the pH value can result in enhanced degradation of carbofuran in solution. The results also show that low temperature plasma treatment can effectively remove chemical oxygen demand (COD) of carbofuran in the solution.
[en] In this study, a novel idea of using ozone oxidation at the end of reactive dyeing process was explored in order to achieve zero discharge dyeing. An advanced oxidative treatment was given during the dyeing process to remove unfixed and hydrolyzed reactive dyes from cotton substrate. Three different shades were dyed using vinylsulphone reactive class of dyes. At the end of fixation step, washing of fabrics was carried out using appropriate quantities of ozone in the process. Ozone oxidation continued until the liquor was decolorized around 95-100% and COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand) was reduced about 80-90%, thus achieving zero liquid discharge dyeing process. The decolouration efficiency of wastewater was regarded as an indicative of removal of dyes from the textile materials because fabric was being washed continuously in the same liquor. Fabric samples dyed with conventional and new methods were compared in terms of change in shade, colourfastness properties, colour stripping, and fabric appearance. Overall results showed that the use of ozone during reactive dyeing can result in less water consumption, reduced process time, and zero discharge of coloured effluents from textile dyeing factories. (author)
[en] In this study, landfill leachate was treated by using the sequencing batch reactor (SBR) process. Two types of the SBR, namely non-powdered activated carbon and powdered activated carbon (PAC-SBR) were used. The influence of aeration rate and contact time on SBR and PAC-SBR performances was investigated. Removal efficiencies of chemical oxygen demand (COD), colour, ammoniacal nitrogen (NH3-N), total dissolved salts (TDS), and sludge volume index (SVI) were monitored throughout the experiments. Response surface methodology (RSM) was applied for experimental design, analysis and optimization. Based on the results, the PAC-SBR displayed superior performance in term of removal efficiencies when compared to SBR. At the optimum conditions of aeration rate of 1 L/min and contact time of 5.5 h the PAC-SBR achieved 64.1%, 71.2%, 81.4%, and 1.33% removal of COD, colour, NH3-N, and TDS, respectively. The SVI value of PAC-SBR was 122.2 mL/g at optimum conditions.
[en] Highlights: → Sulfide concentration governs the location of metal precipitates in sulfate reducing bioreactors. → High dissolved sulfide induces metal precipitation in the bulk liquid as fines. → Low dissolved sulfide concentrations yield local supersaturation and thus metal precipitation in the biofilm. -- Abstract: The effect of the sulfide concentration on the location of the metal precipitates within sulfate-reducing inversed fluidized bed (IFB) reactors was evaluated. Two mesophilic IFB reactors were operated for over 100 days at the same operational conditions, but with different chemical oxygen demand (COD) to SO42- ratio (5 and 1, respectively). After a start up phase, 10 mg/L of Cu, Pb, Cd and Zn each were added to the influent. The sulfide concentration in one IFB reactor reached 648 mg/L, while it reached only 59 mg/L in the other one. In the high sulfide IFB reactor, the precipitated metals were mainly located in the bulk liquid (as fines), whereas in the low sulfide IFB reactor the metal preciptiates were mainly present in the biofilm. The latter can be explained by local supersaturation due to sulfide production in the biofilm. This paper demonstrates that the sulfide concentration needs to be controlled in sulfate reducing IFB reactors to steer the location of the metal precipitates for recovery.