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Effects of Denitrification on Irrigated Wastewater Systems

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Paper number  032372,  2003 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.14041) @2003
Authors:   C.B. Fedler, P. R. Pearson, B. Mueller, C. J. Green
Keywords:   denitrification, nitrogen, wastewater, land application

Even though the irrigation of wastewater on land has been officially recognized as a mechanism to complete the treatment of wastewater since the late 1800s, it real acceptance never occurred until about the 1970s. Much of the reason for this lack of acceptance was due to the lack of understanding of the fate of nitrogen within the wastewater. Current research is showing that our understanding of the fate of the nitrogen is expanding and irrigating land with wastewater is more widely accepted. When it comes to the denitrification process, the understanding is still minimal because variations of over 300 percent are not uncommon, as was shown in this research.

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