Skip to main content


Title: The use of constructed wetlands to ameliorate metal-rich mine waters. Stage 1 : review of existing literature
Author: National Rivers Authority
Document Type: Monograph
Man made constructed wetlands have been used extensively and successfully to treat municipal sewage and drainage from coal mines. They offer potential for treatment of metal contaminated mine drainage from metalliferous mines. MCMD is generally formed when sulphide ores become exposed to oxygen and water, conditions favourable to their oxidation by bacteria such as Thiobacillus ferrooxidans. MCMD may be strongly acid and may contain high concentrations of a range of heavy metals. This report is an applied review of the existing literature on the use of wetlands to treat metal-contaminated mine drainage from metalliferous mines, with special consideration of the situation in the United Kingdom.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1992
Publication Place: Bristol
Subject Keywords: DrainageMetalsMiningWater qualityWetlands
Geographic Keywords: United Kingdom
Extent: 73
Total file downloads: 274

Download PDF    Display PDF in separate tab