Music festivals and other temporary events, such as bicycle races, lay a heavy burden on the surrounding environment. Treatment of the wastewater originating from such events is necessary if no municipal treatment plant is available. This study demonstrated that activated carbon is a performant technique for the treatment of wastewaters originating from these temporary events. Freundlich isotherms and maximum operational linear velocity (6 m/h) were determined on a lab-scale set-up. A pilot-scale set up was used to treat part (5%) of the total volume of the Dranouter Music Festival shower wastewater. On average 90% removal of COD and suspended solids concentration was obtained. Application of the activated carbon filter resulted in the fact that the local discharge limits were met without operational problems.
Sustainable wastewater treatment of temporary events: the Dranouter Music Festival case study
S. W. H. Van Hulle, W. Audenaert, B. Decostere, J. Hogie, P. Dejans; Sustainable wastewater treatment of temporary events: the Dranouter Music Festival case study. Water Sci Technol 1 October 2008; 58 (8): 1653–1657. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2008.530
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