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Reduced sulfur compounds in the atmosphere of sewer networks in Australia: geographic (and seasonal) variations


Wang, B and Sivret, EC and Parcsi, G and Le, NM and Kenny, S and Bustamante, H and Stuetz, RM, Reduced sulfur compounds in the atmosphere of sewer networks in Australia: geographic (and seasonal) variations, Water Science and Technology, 69, (6) pp. 1167-1173. ISSN 0273-1223 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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IWA Publishing 2014

DOI: doi:10.2166/wst.2013.798


The management of odorous emissions from sewer networks has become an important issue for sewer system operators resulting in the need to better understand the composition of reduced sulfur compounds (RSCs). Gaseous RSCs including hydrogen sulfide (H2S), methanethiol (MeSH), dimethyl sulfide (DMS), carbon disulfide (CS2), dimethyl disulfide (DMDS) and dimethyl trisulfide (DMTS) were measured in the atmosphere of selected sewer networks in two major Australian cities (Sydney and Melbourne) during 20112012. The RSC concentrations in the sewer air were detected in a highly variable range. H2S and MeSH were found at the highest concentrations, followed by DMS (39.294.0 μg/m3), CS2 (18.319.6 μg/m3), DMDS (7.849.6 μg/m3) and DMTS (10.435.3 μg/m3). Temporal trends in the occurrence of targeted RSCs were observed and the highest sulfur concentration occurred either in summer or spring, which are typically regarded as the warmer seasons. Statistical significant difference in the magnitude of targeted RSCs was found between samples collected in Sydney and Melbourne.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:odour, odour emissions, reduced sulfur compounds, sewers
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Chemical engineering
Research Field:Wastewater treatment processes
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Water and waste services
Objective Field:Water recycling services (incl. sewage and greywater)
UTAS Author:Sivret, EC (Dr Eric Sivret)
ID Code:140897
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2020-09-14
Last Modified:2020-10-09

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