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Process-Based Reactive Transport Model To Quantify Arsenic Mobility during Aquifer Storage and Recovery of Potable Water

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School of the Environment, Flinders University, Adelaide, GPO Box 2100, SA 5001, Australia
CSIRO Land and Water, Private Bag No. 5, Wembley WA 6913, Australia
§ School of Earth and Environment, The University of Western Australia, Crawley 6009, Australia
Department of Geosciences, University of Bremen, 28334 Bremen, Germany
National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Flinders University, Adelaide, GPO Box 2100, SA 5001, Australia
# Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida, Florida 32611-2013, United States
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Cite this: Environ. Sci. Technol. 2011, 45, 16, 6924–6931
Publication Date (Web):July 1, 2011
https://doi.org/10.1021/es201286c
Copyright © 2011 American Chemical Society
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Aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) is an aquifer recharge technique in which water is injected in an aquifer during periods of surplus and withdrawn from the same well during periods of deficit. It is a critical component of the long-term water supply plan in various regions, including Florida, USA. Here, the viability of ASR as a safe and cost-effective water resource is currently being tested at a number of sites due to elevated arsenic concentrations detected during groundwater recovery. In this study, we developed a process-based reactive transport model of the coupled physical and geochemical mechanisms controlling the fate of arsenic during ASR. We analyzed multicycle hydrochemical data from a well-documented affected southwest Floridan site and evaluated a conceptual/numerical model in which (i) arsenic is initially released during pyrite oxidation triggered by the injection of oxygenated water (ii) then largely complexes to neo-formed hydrous ferric oxides before (iii) being remobilized during recovery as a result of both dissolution of hydrous ferric oxides and displacement from sorption sites by competing anions.

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