Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/2021

WRRCTR No.174 Trace Organic (DBCP) Transport Simulation of Pearl Harbor Aquifer, Oahu, Hawaii: Multiple Mixing-Cell Model, Phase I

File SizeFormat 
wrrctr174.pdf2.86 MBAdobe PDFView/Open

Item Summary

Title: WRRCTR No.174 Trace Organic (DBCP) Transport Simulation of Pearl Harbor Aquifer, Oahu, Hawaii: Multiple Mixing-Cell Model, Phase I
Authors: Orr, Shlomo
Lau, L. Stephen
Keywords: aquifers
organic pesticides
model studies
groundwater
saturation zone
show 16 morevadose water
mixing-cell model
DBCP
EDB
TCP
Mililani Wells
basaltic aquifer
Pearl Harbor aquifer
Oxisols
Ultisols
Lahaina
Wahiawa
Leilehua soils
Maui
Hawaii
Oahu

show less
LC Subject Headings: Dibromochloropropane -- Hawaii -- Oahu -- Environmental aspects.
Groundwater -- Pollution -- Hawaii -- Oahu.
Groundwater flow -- Hawaii -- Oahu.
Organic water pollutants -- Hawaii -- Oahu.
Issue Date: Aug 1987
Publisher: Water Resources Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation: Orr S, Lau LS. 1987. Trace organic (DBCP) transport simulation of Pearl Harbor aquifer, Oahu, Hawaii: multiple mixing-cell model, phase I. Honolulu (HI): Water Resources Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa. WRRC technical report, 174.
Series/Report no.: WRRC Technical Report
174
Abstract: Lumped parameter models were chosen to provide a preliminary appraisal of the fate of trace organics
(DBCP) in a portion of the Pearl Harbor aquifer and to provide a management tool for policymaking. The models, which consider portions of the aquifer as mixing cells, extensively simplify the systems. Special attention focused on attenuation and travel time in the approximately 800 ft (244 m) thick, vadose zone. Pseudo first-order decay coefficients determined from pesticide residues in the topsoil were used to determine attenuation in the vadose zone. A separate mixing-cell model was developed for the topsoil to distinguish between the different mechanisms responsible for the attenuation of adsorbed pesticides, particularly leaching vs. volatilization. Thus, an alternative method that excludes the varying distribution coefficients is suggested to estimate the leaching fraction of strongly adsorbed pesticides. The results indicate that at least a decade will pass before the aquifer starts to recover and another five years before DBCP concentrations become undetectable. The concentration attenuation within the vadose zone is about three orders of magnitude greater than the concentration reduction resulting from dilution within the aquifer. The simulated concentrations are very sensitive to the decay coefficients determined for the unsaturated zone. We conclude that leachate concentrations as low as 0.1 ppb (pg/l) below the top few feet of soil can reach and contaminate deep groundwater, where (usually) the dilution is limited to less than 1: 10. Due to the high persistence of many volatile organic carbons (dissolved in water) in very low concentrations, they can be considered as "conservative" tracers for modeling purposes.
Description: State of Hawaii, Office of Environmental Quality Control, Department of Health Grant/Contract No. T-377
Pages/Duration: ix + 60 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/2021
Appears in Collections:WRRC Technical Reports



Items in ScholarSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.