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Implementation and operation of coconut fiber/husks stormwater filters as sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) for rural communities across the Caribbean

Implementation and operation of coconut fiber/husks stormwater filters as sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) for rural communities across the Caribbean

Tota-Maharaj, K. and Cheddie, D. (2015) Implementation and operation of coconut fiber/husks stormwater filters as sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) for rural communities across the Caribbean. In: International Low Impact Development Conference 2015. LID: It Works in All Climates and Soils. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Reston, VA, USA, pp. 105-114. ISBN 9780784479025 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784479025.010)

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Abstract

Coconut fiber/husk filters can be appropriate in handling high-turbidity stormwaters without becoming quickly clogged. This low-impact filter can "polish" stormwater removing high turbidity and contaminants. Three filter units were constructed and tested at the University of Trinidad and Tobago for urban runoff recycling and nonpotable supply to improve water sanitation and reduce the risk of flooding.The filter utilized local materials that are both widely available and inexpensive enough to discard after use, thus eliminating back-washing. The accumulated water quality data measured inflow and outflow parameters. The removal of the particulates was measured against local and international water quality standards. Experimental results showed that the coconut fiber/husk filters achieved results equal to conventional sand-gravel media filters. There were no significant differences between the filtration techniques, which showed that the coconut fiber/husk filter can treat stormwaters of high turbidity (usually the case for the southern Caribbean).

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: International Low Impact Development Conference 2015. LID: It Works in All Climates and Soils
Additional Information: [1] Published in Proceedings of the International Low Impact Development Conference 2015, held in Houston, Texas, January 19-21, 2015. Sponsored by the Low Impact Development Technical Committee of the Urban Water Resources Research Council of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of ASCE.
Uncontrolled Keywords: infrastructure, stormwater management, sustainable development
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Engineering Science
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13163

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