Water Environment Research Open Access Article Examines the Use of Recycled Wastes to Remove Metals from Stormwater

The open access article for the June 2016 edition of Water Environment Research (WER) examines the use of two recycled or “green” wastes–water treatment residuals and scrap tire rubber–to assess the adsorption rate and release of used sorbents from urban stormwater runoff.

“Using bench scale tests, Deng et al. used scrap tire rubber and water treatment plant residuals (alum sludge) alone and in combination to test the removal of metals in stormwater,” said WER editor-in-chief Tim Ellis. “The combination of the two waste products showed complimentary adsorption potential for copper, lead, and zinc. When used alone, the tire rubber adsorbed copper and lead, but released zinc. Combining the two increased the hydraulic throughput when compared to using alum sludge alone.”

Selected WER articles such as this one are available free to the public on a monthly basis through an open-access program. Click here to download, “Water Treatment Residuals and Scrap Tire Rubber as Green Sorbents for Removal of Stormwater Metals,” by Yang Deng, Ciapha Morris, Sudipta Rakshit, Edward Landa, Pravin Punamiya, and Dibyendu Sarker.

Published by the Water Environment Federation since 1928, WER is a popular professional journal that features peer-reviewed research papers and research notes, as well as state-of-the-art and critical reviews on original, fundamental, and applied research in all scientific and technical areas related to water quality, pollution control, and management.

Originally known as the Sewage Works Journal, WER is available in both print and online formats and receives approximately 400 new research submissions each year.