In this paper, three years study on a constructed wetland wastewater treatment system at Bainikeng, Shenzhen, is reviewed and summarized. The wetland system under study occupies an area of 8400m2, with a design flow of 3100 m3 per day. The study was conducted to understand removal efficiencies of constructed wetland systems for municipal wastewaters from small or medium scale towns in the sub-tropics. Such parameters as biological oxygen demand, chemical oxygen demand, suspended solids, total nitrogen, and total phosphorus in the influent and effluent of the wetland system are examined, and their removal rates are determined. It is shown that the system is very effective in removing organic pollutants and suspended solids and its removal efficiency is much similar to those of the constructed wetlands at Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) (Choate et al., 1990) while better than those of conventional secondary biochemical treatments.

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