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Passive mine water treatment as an alternative to active systems

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Paul Younger


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For the treatment of contaminated mine waters reliable treatment methods with low investment and operational costs are essential. Therefore, passive treatment systems recently have been installed in Great Britain and in Germany (e.g. anoxic limestone drains, constructed wetlands, reactive barriers, roughing filters) and during the last eight years such systems successfully treated mine waters, using up to 6 ha of space. In some cases with highly contaminated mine water, a combination of active and passive systems should be applied, as in any case the water quality has to reach the limits. Because not all the processes of passive treatment systems are understood in detail, current research projects (e.g. EU-project PIRAMID) were established to clarify open questions.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wolkersdorfer C, Younger PL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Grundwasser

Year: 2002

Volume: 7

Issue: 2

Pages: 67-77

ISSN (print): 1430-483X

ISSN (electronic): 1432-1165

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s007670200011


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