With new, more stringent regulations for wastewater disposal in Florida’s horizon, the ability to safely discharge leachate will become increasingly difficult. Florida’s future rules include among others: severe numerical nutrient criteria as well as reuse water quality requirements for deepwell injection. To remain at the leading edge of socially and environmentally responsible management of solid waste, new technologies may be needed to effectively treat leachate on site in the future. Florida Atlantic University has been pioneering advanced oxidation methods for leachate management that can mineralize COD, remove heavy metals, disinfect pathogens, reduce ammonia levels, decrease color, and effectively detoxify leachate so that it can be safely discharged to a wastewater treatment plant. This study describes the development of pilot scale onsite treatment systems capable of detoxifying leachate with the power of ultraviolet light and advanced oxidation. The objective of the proposed research is to test photooxidative processes at pilot scale for the removal of COD/BOD, ammonia, heavy metals, color, and pathogens.


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