Long-Term Field-Scale Experiment on Using Lime Filters in an Agricultural Catchment

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Tekijä Kirkkala, T.; Ventelä, A-M.; Tarvainen, M.
Sarja Journal of Environmental Quality
DOI/ISBN-numero 10.2134/jeq2010.0429
Päivämäärä 2012
Avainsanat filter, lime, nutrient load reduction, water protection method
Organisaatio Pyhäjrävi instituutti
Sivut s. 237-246
Volyymi Vol 41 (2)
Kieli englanti

The River Yläneenjoki catchment in southwest Finland is an area with a high agricultural nutrient load. We report here on the nutrient removal performance of three on-site lime-sand filters (F1, F2, and F3), established within or on the edge of the buffer zones. The filters contain burnt lime (CaO) or spent lime [CaO, Ca(OH), and CaCO]. Easily soluble lime results in a high pH level (>11) and leads to an efficient precipitation of soluble phosphorus (P) from the runoff. Water samples were taken from the inflow and outflow of each site in different hydrological situations. The length of the monitoring period was 4 yr for F1, 6 yr for F2, and 1.5 yr for F3. F1 and F2 significantly reduced the suspended solids (SS), total P (PTOT), and dissolved reactive P (DRP) in the treated water. The proportional reduction (%) varied but was usually clearly positive. Filter F3 was divided into two equal parts, one containing burnt lime and the other spent lime. Both filter parts removed PTOT and SS efficiently from the water; the burnt-lime part also removed DRP. The mixed-lime part removed DRP for a year, but then the efficiency decreased. The effect of filters on nitrogen compounds varied. We conclude that sand filters incorporating lime can be used together with buffer zones to reduce both P and SS load to watercourses.