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Low footprint passive mine water treatment: Field demonstration and application

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Adam Jarvis, Professor Paul Younger


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This paper presents iron and manganese removal data from a novel low footprint mine water treatment system. The paper discusses possible design configurations, and demonstrates that the system could treat 1 l/s of mine water containing 7.2 mg/l of Fe to <1 mg/l with a system footprint of 66 m 2. A conventional lagoon and aerobic wetland system based on standard sizing criteria would require a minimum of 135 m2 to achieve the same treatment. Other advantages of the system are that it polishes manganese concentrations, produces ochre that is dense (15% w/v) and free of plant detritus (and therefore amenable to recycling) and that heavy machinery will generally not be required for construction of similar scale systems. © 2007 Springer-Verlag.

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Author(s): Sapsford D, Barnes A, Dey M, Williams K, Jarvis AP, Younger PL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Mine Water and the Environment. Special Issue: IMWA Symposium 2007 Sardinia, Italy

Year: 2007

Volume: 26

Issue: 4

Pages: 243-250

ISSN (print): 1025-9112

ISSN (electronic): 1616-1068

Publisher: Springer Berlin


DOI: 10.1007/s10230-007-0012-6


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