Soil batch and column experiments were performed to characterize the wastewater effluents from seven different wastewater treatment plants in the Jonnam province, South Korea, with the purpose of evaluating the effluents for possible application of a soil aquifer treatment (SAT) in Korea. Batch experiments were conducted to measure the biodegradable dissolved organic carbon (BDOC) while 1 m soil columns, for simulating SAT, were employed to further analyze dissolved organic carbon (DOC) removal. The soils were collected from a river bottom in Jonnam. The BDOC fractions and the residual DOC concentrations for the effluents ranged from 19.3 to 59.9% and from 1.0 to 7.5 mg/L, respectively, depending on the reaction time. Applying the tentative criteria based on the data obtained for the BDOC and residual DOC, three effluents, from Gwangju, Hwasoon, and Jangsung, were found to be the most suitable for SAT applications. It was also concluded that the site characteristics should be also considered with regard to the retention time when evaluating the feasibility of SAT application in a certain region.

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