A simple method to reduce discharge of sewage microorganisms from an Antarctic research station

The majority of coastal Antarctic stations release untreated sewage into the near-shore marine environment. This study examined bacterial reproduction within the temporary sewage-holding tanks of Rothera Research Station (Adelaide Island, Antarctic Peninsula) and monitored sewage pollution in the local marine environment. By continuously flushing the sewage-holding tanks with cold seawater we inhibited microbial reproduction and decreased the numbers of bacteria subsequently released into the sea by >90%. The widespread use of this simplemethod could significantly reduce the numbers of faecal coliform and other non-native microorganisms introduced into the Antarctic marine environment

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Publication status:
Published
Author(s):
Authors: Hughes, Kevin A., Blenkharn, Nigel

On this site: Kevin Hughes
Date:
1 January, 2003
Journal/Source:
Marine Pollution Bulletin / 46
Page(s):
353-357
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
https://doi.org/10.1016/S0025-326X(02)00224-2