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Removal of organic compounds using improved wetland system to wastewater reuse as an example for local sustainable water management



Halicki W. Kita K. 


This paper discusses the efficiency of removal organic compounds using Improved Wetland System (IWS). IWS are use in Poland and enables reuse of treated effluent in landscape irrigation and toilet flushing. The first section of this paper discusses the advisability of removing organic compounds at the highest level. Additional, the first section discusses the increase in frequency of treated wastewater reuse. So far, reuse of treated wastewater in local wastewater treatment systems included treatment and reuse only graywater. The second section of this paper presents the average concentrations of organic compounds in domestic wastewater and relationship existing between concentration of organic compounds in raw wastewater and water consumption. The second section discusses requirements for local (to 2000 population equivalent) wastewater treatment systems relating to reduction of organic compounds. The third section presents current situation on rural areas in Poland and indicates the necessity of treated wastewater reuse mainly in these places. In Poland 43 % of the all population occupies the rural areas and about 70 % of them are not connected to wastewater network. Implementation of water reuse technology (mainly IWS) is the easiest and the cheapest in rural areas. The fourth section presents the principle and the construction of the Improved Wetland System with water reuse.  This part shows defects of Constructed Wetlands hindering reuse of treated wastewater. Additionally, this section discusses different steps and efficiency of wastewater treatment. The fifth section discusses results of removing organic compounds depending on  hydraulic and contaminant loads. In addition, this section presents guidance on design the IWS with technology enables water reuse to flushing toilets and landscape irrigation.  The last part of paper discusses the summary and economic aspects of IWS used in Poland. In addition, the last part shows existing IWS objects in Poland which provides water reuse to flushing toilets, landscape irrigation and for retention and recreational uses.


Keywords: wastewater treatment, wetland system, organic compounds, water reuse, oxygen conditions, anoxic conditions