Biomat and contaminant characteristics and their impact on absorption bed performance

dc.contributor.advisorJoy, D.M.
dc.contributor.authorDe Pauw, Lars Thomas
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-24T15:54:53Z
dc.date.available2020-08-24T15:54:53Z
dc.date.copyright1999
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Engineeringen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.description.abstractSeptic systems are considered to be one of the most extensive contributors to groundwater contamination in North America. With approximately 30% of the population in North America utilizing septic systems, there exists a need to understand how various characteristics influence contaminant transport. The objective of this study was to use an available computer model, FEMWATER, to simulate an already existing absorption bed. The model was used to examine how the biomat, contaminant characteristics, and absorption bed characteristics affect contaminant transport. The results from this research showed that the dispersivity is the most important characteristic in determining contaminant transport followed by adsorption, decay, and groundwater velocities. It is recommended that the OBC guidelines be amended to incorporate the direction of groundwater flow and that drinking water wells should be located upstream or laterally 30 m from the absorption bed.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/20578
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll items in the Atrium are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subjectseptic systemen_US
dc.subjectgroundwater contaminationen_US
dc.subjectNorth Americaen_US
dc.subjectsimulationen_US
dc.subjectFEMWATERen_US
dc.subjectabsorption beden_US
dc.subjectbiomaten_US
dc.subjectcontaminant characteristicsen_US
dc.subjectabsorption bed characteristicsen_US
dc.subjectcontaminant transporten_US
dc.titleBiomat and contaminant characteristics and their impact on absorption bed performanceen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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