Treatment of wood leachate with high polyphenols content by peat and carbon-containing fly ash filters

Henric Svensson, Marcia Marquez, Britt-Marie Svensson, Lennart Mårtensson, Amit Bhatnagar, William Hogland

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In the present study, two combinations of filter materials in filter/columns were examined for removal of total organic carbon (TOC) and polyphenols (PP) found in storm water runoff from wood storage areas in a wooden floor industry. One filter/column was packed with peat mixed with carbon-containing fly ash, while another filter/column contained only peat (without ash). The mixture of peat and ash has shown faster and higher removal capacity for TOC and faster removal with the same final removal capacity for PP (in grams of pollutant per kg of sorbent) at the saturation point. The superiority observed for the peat and ash filter is presumably due to the unique characteristics of peat and ash, which enhanced the treatment efficiency when used together in a mixture. Based on the observed results, filters formed by peat and carbon-containing ashes proved to be a potentially low-cost option for the treatment of storm water generated at storage areas of wood materials such as logs, sawdust and wood chips.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2041-2048
Number of pages7
JournalDesalination and Water Treatment
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Water Treatment (20803)


  • Adsorption
  • Fly ash
  • Industrial storm water
  • Peat
  • Polyphenols
  • TOC
  • Wood


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