Bergendahl, John Andrew
Mallick, Rajib B.
Organic compounds have been in storm water runoff, contaminating lakes, streams and groundwater for decades now, with no feasible, cost effective and efficient removal techniques thus far. Non-point source pollution from things such as automobiles can be the origin of many organic substances like oil and gasoline. These contaminants are then washed into surrounding grass and soil by rainfall, which negatively impacts nearby waters. The objective of this project was to evaluate the removal of these harmful organic contaminants from storm water through the use of titania (TiO2) in combination with UV light. In this research, we evaluated the feasibility of using titania/UV light to reduce organic compound concentrations in a small scale detention pond.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Civil and Environmental Engineering