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Using multivariate analysis to predict the behaviour of soils under effluent irrigation

Dawes, Les A. & Goonetilleke, Ashantha (2006) Using multivariate analysis to predict the behaviour of soils under effluent irrigation. Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 172(1-4), pp. 109-127.

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Abstract

Onsite wastewater treatment systems aim to assimilate domestic effluent into the environment. Unfortunately failure of such systems is common and inadequate effluent treatment can have serious environmental implications. The capacity of a particular soil to treat wastewater will change over time. The physical properties influence the rate of effluent movement through the soil and its chemical properties dictate the ability to renovate effluent. A research project was undertaken to determine the role that physical and chemical soil properties play in predicting the long-term behaviour of soil under effluent irrigation and to determine if they have a potential function as early indicators of adverse effects of effluent irrigation on treatment sustainability. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Cluster Analysis grouped the soils independently of their soil classifications and allowed us to distinguish the most suitable soils for sustainable long term effluent irrigation and determine the most influential soil parameters to characterise them.

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ID Code: 2590
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: effluent irrigation, soil properties, principal component analysis
DOI: 10.1007/s11270-005-9064-z
ISSN: 1573-2932
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > ENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY (100200) > Bioremediation (100203)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (090700)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com
Deposited On: 03 May 2006
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:23

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