Effects of nitrate dosing on sulfidogenic and methanogenic activities in sewer sediment

Liu, Yiwen, Sharma, Keshab R., Ni, Bing-Jie, Fan, Lu, Murthy, Sudhir, Tyson, Gene Q. and Yuan, Zhiguo (2015) Effects of nitrate dosing on sulfidogenic and methanogenic activities in sewer sediment. Water Research, 74 155-165. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2015.02.017

Author Liu, Yiwen
Sharma, Keshab R.
Ni, Bing-Jie
Fan, Lu
Murthy, Sudhir
Tyson, Gene Q.
Yuan, Zhiguo
Title Effects of nitrate dosing on sulfidogenic and methanogenic activities in sewer sediment
Journal name Water Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1879-2448
Publication date 2015-05-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.watres.2015.02.017
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 74
Start page 155
End page 165
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher IWA Publishing
Language eng
Subject 2302 Ecological Modelling
2312 Water Science and Technology
2311 Waste Management and Disposal
2310 Pollution
Abstract Nitrate dosing is widely used to control sulfide and methane formation in sewers. The impact of nitrate on sulfide and methane production by sewer biofilms in rising mains has been elucidated recently. However, little is known about the effect of nitrate on biologically active sewer sediment, which is substantially thicker than rising main biofilms (centimeters vs. hundreds of micrometers, respectively). In this study, we investigated the effect of nitrate addition to sewer sediment cultivated in lab-scale sewer sediment reactors. Batch test results showed that nitrate addition does not suppress sulfide production in sewer sediment, but it reduces sulfide accumulation through anoxic sulfide oxidation in the sediment and hence, also reduces sulfide accumulation in the bulk water. Microsensor measurement of sediment sulfide revealed the presence of sulfide oxidation and sulfide production zones with the interface dynamically regulated by the depth of nitrate penetration. In contrast, the methane production activity of sewer sediment was substantially reduced, likely due to the long-term inhibitory effects of nitrate on methanogens. Pore water measurements showed that methane production activity in the sediment zone with frequent nitrate exposure was completely suppressed, and consequently, the methane production zone re-established deeper in the sediment where nitrate penetration was infrequent.
Keyword Sewer sediment
Micro-scale profiling
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID LP110201095
Institutional Status UQ

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