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The role of bacteria in well clogging

Ralph, D.E. and Stevenson, J.M. (1995) The role of bacteria in well clogging. Water Research, 29 (1). pp. 365-369.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0043-1354(94)E0077-J
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Abstract

The effect of ochreous sludge from blocked irrigation bores on the oxidation rate of soluble Fe(II) was studied. Solutions of Fe(II) at an initial concentrations of 12-15 ppm were held at 19°C under an oxygen partial pressure of ca 1.4% and the decline in Fe(II) concentration observed. Solutions were buffered with 2-(N-morpholino) ethanesulfonic acid (MES) at pH values of 5.8, 6.0, 6.3 and 6.5. Sterile flasks showed agreement with the expected 1st order behaviour (with respect to [Fe(II)]) while flasks inoculated with ochreous sludge deviated significantly from this pattern. Rates of Fe(II) oxidation were significantly enhanced in the inoculated flasks with the greatest increase observed at pH 5.8.
The effect of ochreous sludge from blocked irrigation bores on the oxidation rate of soluble Fe(II) was studied. Solutions of Fe(II) at an initial concentrations of 12-15 ppm were held at 19 °C under an oxygen partial pressure of ca 1.4% and the decline in Fe(II) concentration observed. Solutions were buffered with 2-(N-morpholino) ethanesulfonic acid (MES) at pH values of 5.8, 6.0, 6.3 and 6.5. Sterile flasks showed agreement with the expected 1st order behaviour (with respect to [Fe(II)]) while flasks inoculated with ochreous sludge deviated significantly from this pattern. Rates of Fe(II) oxidation were significantly enhanced in the inoculated flasks with the greatest increase observed at pH 5.8.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier BV
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/19378
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