A pilot scale rotating biological contactor was used to investigate the ability to remove nitrate from groundwater using acetic acid as a carbon source under various operating conditions. The reactor achieved a nitrate removal efficiency of 99 to 83 percent at loading rates of 76 and 490 mg/m2.hr respectively with a flow rate of 2.5 l/min at 20±2°C. The nitrate removal rate was found to be dependent on the influent acetic acid loading rate. The optimum acetic acid to nitrate-nitrogen (A/N) ratio was found to be 4.3:1. Under optimum conditions the effluent nitrate, nitrite-nitrogen and residual acetic acid concentrations were 0.43, 0.03 and 4.4 mg/l. The process generally produced low nitrite intermediate production for up to 100 mg/l influent nitrate-nitrogen. The results of this study show that an anoxic RBC using acetic acid as a carbon source is a convenient and reliable process for the removal of nitrate from water supply. Pseudomonas were found to be the dominant bacterial species with species being Ps. stutzeri and Ps. fluorescence.
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Research Article| July 01 1999
Denitrification of groundwater using acetic acid as a carbon source
D. J. Elliott;
Water Sci Technol (1999) 40 (2): 53–59.
A. Mohseni-Bandpi, D. J. Elliott, A. Momeny-Mazdeh; Denitrification of groundwater using acetic acid as a carbon source. Water Sci Technol 1 July 1999; 40 (2): 53–59. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.1999.0084
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