Effects of soil texture, soil depth, and treatment on septic tank effluent renovation
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In the texture group 2 soil the reduction in fecal coliform numbers was 88% and 99%, respectively, for the CW and the RSF and, in the texture group 3 soil was 91% and 99%, respectively, for the CW and the RSF. There was a reduction in BODs concentrations of 32% and 69% ,respectively, for the CW and the RSF. There was a 42% and 84% decrease in NH4 concentrations, respectively, for the CW and the RSF. These reductions show that treatment of STE by CW or RSF can be substituted for soil depth in texture group 2 and 3 soils and will improve drainfield performance. Texture group 2 soils are less effective at STE renovation than texture group 3 soils at all soil depths. This was evidenced by higher FC counts and concentrations of BOD, N, and P in the leachates from these columns.
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