Stimulation of Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria in Lake Water from a Former Open-Pit Mine Through Addition of Organic Wastes

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A method to improve water quality in a lake occupying a former open-pit mine was evaluated in a laboratory-scale study. Untreated pit lake water contained high levels of sulfate, iron, and arsenic (1 200, 100, and 5 mg/L, respectively) and was mildly acidic (∼pH 6). Varying amounts of two locally available organic waste products (waste from a potato-processing plant and composted steer manure) were added to pit water and maintained in microcosms under anoxic conditions. In selected microcosms, populations of sulfate-reducing bacteria increased with time; sulfide was generated by sulfate reduction; sulfate, iron, and arsenic concentrations approached zero; and pH approached neutrality. Best results were obtained with intermediate amounts of waste potato skin.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 1999

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