Investigating Biomass Formations at Different Depths in a Slow Sand Filter
Elif Burcu Atci 1  
Selami Demir 1  
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Yildiz Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering Department, 34220 Esenler, Istanbul, Turkey
Neslihan Manav Demir   

Yildiz Technical University, Yildiz Technical University Faculty of Civil Engineering, Environmetal Engineering Department, 34220 Istanbul, Turkey
Online publish date: 2018-02-21
Publish date: 2018-03-30
Submission date: 2017-07-07
Final revision date: 2017-08-30
Acceptance date: 2017-09-03
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2018;27(4):1463–1474
A laboratory-scale slow sand filtration (SSF) system was used to investigate biomass formation in different depths of SSF depending on various operating conditions in regard to filtration rate and influent iron-manganese concentrations. Results suggest that biomass formation occurs mainly in the uppermost 1.5 cm of the filter bed with slight contributions from layers between 1.5 cm and 14.5 cm. The highest volatile solids (VS) accumulation was observed in the uppermost layer as 16.93±0.07 mgVS/g dry sand, and the accumulation was found to be a function of both filtration rate and influent iron-manganese concentrations. Hydraulic conductivities were tested as a measure of biomass formation. The highest initial value of hydraulic conductivity was measured as 13.7 μm/s, while the lowest values ranged from 3.28 to 6.62 μm/s at the end of 55 days of operation. Hydraulic conductivities of the upper layers decreased quickly with time, while slight reductions were observed in hydraulic conductivities of the lower layers.