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To develop and assess waste treatment systems to reduce water pollution - WA0501

Description
This study will aim to devise practical and economical methods for containing, handling, treating, storing and applying farm wastes to land in order to minimise water pollution. Existing MAFF-funded work, conducted with Birmingham University, has examined the reed bed treatment method for farm wastes. The experimental reed beds developed in that study will be modified to include additional downflow sections; these reed beds will be monitored for their performance in treating dairy effluents. Samples will be taken and analysed for biological oxygen demand, chemical oxygen demand, suspended solids, ammonia nitrate and microbiological quality. Pilot-scale experiments will be conducted to determine the potential for treating farm effluents using aerobic techniques, such as aerators or trickle filters. The effectiveness of these aerobic treatment strategies will be verified under farm conditions at an appropriate scale of operation. Results of the study will lead to an improved understanding of methods for reducing air and water pollution from livestock buildings as well as further knowledge regarding waste storage and land application of wastes.
Objective
To develop and assess waste treatment systems to reduce
water pollution potential whilst having regard to the
efficiency and economy of the treatment system.
Project Documents
• Final Report : To develop and assess waste treatment systems to reduce water pollution   (719k)
• Final Report - Annex : To develop and assess waste treatment systems to reduce water pollution   (76k)
• Final Report - Annex : To develop and assess waste treatment systems to reduce water pollution   (14k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1993

To: 1998

Cost: £548,046
Contractor / Funded Organisations
ADAS UK Ltd.
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Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Agriculture