Insight into the risk of replenishing urban landscape ponds with reclaimed wastewater

Rong Chen, Dong Ao, Jiayuan Ji, Xiaochang C. Wang, Yu You Li, Yue Huang, Tao Xue, Hongbing Guo, Nan Wang, Lu Zhang

研究成果: Article査読

35 被引用数 (Scopus)


Increasing use of reclaimed wastewater (RW) for replenishing urban landscape ponds has aroused public concern about the water quality. Three ponds replenished with RW in three cities in China were chosen to investigate 22 indexes of water quality in five categories. This was achieved by comparing three pairs of ponds in the three different cities, where one pond in each pair was replenished with RW and the other with surface water (SW). The nutrients condition, heavy metal concentration and ecotoxicity did not differ significantly between RW- and SW-replenished ponds. By contrast, significant differences were observed in algal growth and pathogen risk. RW ponds presented a Cyanophyta-Chlorophyta-Bacillariophyta type with high algal diversity while SW ponds presented a Cyanophyta type with low diversity. Regrowth of bacterial pathogens and especially survival of viral pathogens in RW, was the main driver behind the higher risk for RW ponds compared with SW ones. The duration of RW replenishment was proved to have a marked impact on the algal growth and pathogen risk. With continued RW replenishment, non-dominant algal species subjected to decrease while dominant species were enhanced resulting in the biomass increasing but diversity declining, and the risk posed by viral pathogens might become greater.

ジャーナルJournal of Hazardous Materials
出版ステータスPublished - 2017 2月 15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 環境工学
  • 環境化学
  • 廃棄物管理と処理
  • 汚染
  • 健康、毒物学および変異誘発


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