Role of solids in heavy metals build-up on urban road surfaces

Gunawardana, Chandima, Goonetilleke, Ashantha, Egodawatta, Prasanna, Dawes, Les, & Kokot, Serge (2012) Role of solids in heavy metals build-up on urban road surfaces. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 138(4), pp. 490-498.

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Solids are widely identified as a carrier of harmful pollutants in stormwater runoff exerting a significant risk to receiving waters. This paper outlines the findings of an in-depth investigation on heavy metal adsorption to solids surfaces. Pollutant build-up samples collected from sixteen road sites in residential, industrial and commercial land uses were separated into four particle size ranges and analysed for a range of physico-chemical parameters and nine heavy metals including Iron (Fe), Aluminum (Al), Lead (Pb), Zinc (Zn), Cadmium (Cd), Chromium (Cr), Manganese (Mn), Nickel (Ni) and Copper (Cu). High specific surface area (SSA) and total organic carbon (TOC) content in finer particle size ranges was noted, thus confirming strong correlations with heavy metals. Based on their physico-chemical characteristics, two different types of solids originating from traffic and soil sources were identified. Solids generated by traffic were associated with high loads of heavy metals such as Cd and Cr with strong correlation with SSA. This suggested the existence of surface dependent bonds such as cation exchange between heavy metals and solids. In contrast, Fe, Al and Mn which can be attributed to soil inputs showed strong correlation with TOC suggesting strong bonds such as chemsorption. Zn was found to be primarily attached to solids by bonding with the oxides of Fe, Al and Mn. The data analysis also confirmed the predominance of the finer fraction, with 70% of the solids being finer than 150 µm and containing 60% of the heavy metal pollutant load.

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ID Code: 49887
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Heavy metals, Pollutant adsorption, Specific surface area, Stormwater pollutants, Urban water quality
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0000487
ISSN: 0733-9372
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (090700) > Environmental Engineering Design (090701)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers
Deposited On: 27 Apr 2012 00:29
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2017 15:11

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