Mountain dairy wastewater treatment with the use of a ‘irregularly shaped’ constructed wetland (Aosta Valley, Italy)

Riccardo Scalenghe, Michele Freppaz, Gorra, Ermanno Zanini

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In mountain areas, economical activities related to milk processing represent both a key source of incomeand job opportunities. One of the main characteristics of cheese production is the seasonal variability inthe volume of milk processed and wastewater production that tend to limit the capacity of ecosystems toabsorb their inputs. In alpine environment, the scarcity of plain surfaces and the climatic conditionsresults in the need for high CW performances of variable nutrient inputs in different seasons. Byevaluating a CW seasonal efficiency for dairy wastewaters in a mountain region (Aosta Valley-NW Italy),this research was aimed to understand how performances of nutrient removal could be affected byseasonal shift in temperature and loadings. Results indicate that the “irregularly shaped” CW, designed tofit the natural landscape, shows best organic removal efficiency in winter (93 and 96% mass removal forBOD5 in summer and winter respectively), in presence of high organic loadings and low temperatures.Even if nitrate removal is more variable during seasons (71 and 33% mass removal in summer and winterrespectively) and differently affected by environmental conditions, overall performance meet the need of high removal efficiency.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)176-183
Numero di pagine8
RivistaEcological Engineering
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2014

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