TopicTreatment of petroleum-contaminated wastewater using constructed wetlands
- Treatment performance of horizontal subsurface flow constructed wetlands treating inorganic pollutants in simulated refinery effluent. Book of Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial Engineering Conference of School of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Federal University of Technology, Minna, held in November 16th – 18th, 2011 at Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria.
Petroleum effluents are wastes originating from industries primarily engaged in refining crude oil and manufacturing fuels, lubricants and petrochemical intermediates. Large volumes of fresh water are extracted for use by these Industries and similarly large volumes of wastewater that contain dissolved recalcitrant organic compounds such as polymers, surfactants, and heavy oil, polycyclic and aromatic hydrocarbons, phenols, naphthylenic acids and huge amounts of heavy metals are generated and discharged into the environment. These Petroleum-derived contaminants constitute one of the most prevalent sources of contaminants that are toxic to many organisms, including humans.
This study aims at using constructed wetland technology to treat this type of wastewater in a developing country where effective, low cost wastewater treatment strategies are critically needed.
This study also seeks to reduce the cost of wastewater treatment, improve the quality of water and livelihood of the affected community.
Funding source: NUFFIC
Employer: Federal University of Technology, Minna. Nigeria
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