The effect of environmental conditions on faecal coliform decay in post-treatment of UASB reactor effluent Academic Article uri icon


  • The removal of faecal coliforms (FC) in waste stabilization ponds is partly caused by natural decay processes. This work distinguishes between light mediated and light independent processes, since only the upper layer of a stabilization pond receives solar radiation. Light attenuation by algae matter or other particles causes darkness in the rest of the pond. The purpose of this work was to investigate the decay processes in stabilization ponds in order to yield improved design of pond systems. Experiments were carried out with buffered effluents from an Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB) reactor, treating domestic wastewater. The FC decay rate was determined and compared for light and dark conditions, in aerated bottles and beakers, respectively. The effective environmental factors were also investigated and mathematical expressions were derived for their effect on the FC decay rate. Special …

publication date

  • November 1, 2000