, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 379-384
Date: 17 Nov 2012

Effect of supplying a carbon extracting solution on denitrification in horizontal subsurface flow constructed wetlands

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Abstract

Denitrification strongly depends on the availability of carbon source in constructed wetlands (CWs). In this study, several relevant carbon source extracting solutions made from hydrolyzate of selected wetland litters were added to CWs for nitrogen removal enhancement. The feasibility of supplying a carbon extracting solution to improve potential denitrification rate in horizontal subsurface flow constructed wetland was deeply investigated. Combinations of different hydraulic retention time (HRT, especially for 2-day and 4-day) with different influent COD/N ratios were designed to prove the enhancement on denitrification by carbon source supplement. In addition, specific denitrification rate (SDNR) was calculated for the comparison of the nitrogen removal at different COD/N ratios. The sequential operation results on total nitrogen (TN) and nitrate (NO 3 -N) removal efficiencies were obtained in CW system with an influent COD/N ratio of 4.0. The accumulation of nitrite (NO 2 -N) was found to be closely related to the removal of NO 3 -N. Meanwhile, no obvious accumulation of NO 2 -N was found when the removal of NO 3 -N was relatively high.