Review of natural and artificial denitrification of groundwater

Hiscock, K. M. ORCID:, Lloyd, J. W. and Lerner, D. N. (1991) Review of natural and artificial denitrification of groundwater. Water Research, 25 (9). pp. 1099-1111. ISSN 0043-1354

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An approach to securing low nitrate supplies is to take advantage of the bacterially mediated process of denitrification. This paper reviews the factors controlling denitrification and describes the evidence for denitrification in the groundwater environment. It is found that natural denitrification, although not extensive, does occur in a variety of aquifers where there is a sufficient source of oxidizable organic carbon. However, natural processes cannot be expected to remove the large quantity of nitrate now present in many aquifers. Water treatment processes that stimulate artificial denitrification by the injection of the required nutrients are under development, and may offer a simple and inexpensive method of nitrate removal. This paper reviews the various above-ground and underground techniques to determine the advantages and disadvantages of this approach compared with other nitrate removal technology. It is concluded that artificial denitrification as an above-ground process affords the best nitrate removal rates and process control. Compared with alternative technology, namely ion exchange, above-ground biological treatment does not generate large quantities of waste product, but is more difficult to automate. Underground processes have been developed, but their long-term success will depend on restricting blocking of the aquifer matrix with accumulated biological matter.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: aquifer,bacteria,denitrification,groundwater,ion exchange,microbiology,water treatment,ecological modelling,water science and technology,waste management and disposal,pollution ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300/2302
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Water Security Research Centre
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Geosciences
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Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2022 11:33
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2023 14:34
DOI: 10.1016/0043-1354(91)90203-3

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