Heavy Metal Removal Using Peat/Wetland Treatment

by Suzanne Murawski, Univ of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Critical Issues in Water and Wastewater Treatment


The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of the mechanisms and application of a peat/wetland treatment system for heavy metal removal from wastewater. The mechanisms involved in the removal of heavy metals are complex and difficult to predict, however, peat has been proven to be an effective medium to remove metals. The successful design of a peat/wetland treatment system for acid mine drainage is presented to emphasize the low cost and minimal maintenance involved in this passive metal removal technique.

Subject Headings: Water treatment | Heavy metals | Chemical treatment | Organic matter | Drainage | Wastewater treatment | Municipal wastewater

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