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Using Common Water Plants for Treating Wastewater and Removing Arsenic from Drinking Water

Jeremiah D. Jackson, PhD, PE

Common aquatic plants such as cattails can be used in artificial wetlands to economically treat wastewater and remove pollutants, such as arsenic, from drinking water, a problem affecting over 20 nations and 100 million people. This presentation explains the general concept of using common aquatic plants to treat water and wastewater, including the various pollutant-removal mechanisms and typical applications and performance. Included will be the presenter’s own experience with designing and operating a 440-acre artificial marsh for treating industrial wastewater.

Instructor: Jeremiah Jackson is a consulting environmental engineer who has been on the faculty of six universities. He has received numerous awards, and his work on using cattails to remove arsenic from drinking water was awarded runner-up at the World Technology Summit in New York. Jackson earned his BS and MS in civil and environmental engineering from UC Irvine and his PhD in civil engineering from the University of New South Wales.

Coordinator: Mavis Porter

Course Number: OSHR-70066   Credit: 0 units

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