Further information on the reduction of micropollutants in wastewater

Here we provide links to relevant articles and offer summaries of studies on micropollutants and its reduction from wastewater. We also discuss solutions and issues such as cost of removing pharmaceutical residue. New content will be added every month. Please feel free to comment or provide more information in any discussion.

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Posted: Sep 15, 2015
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Summarized by: Gerly Hey
The effective removal of unwanted chemicals in wastewater has been a challenge for many wastewater treatment plants due to inefficiency of biological treatment processes especially in cold climates like Sweden.
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Posted: Aug 21, 2015
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Pharmaceuticals have been detected everywhere in the environment especially in surface waters. Exposure to elevated concentrations of these micropollutants has shown to cause harmful effects in the environment and the living organisms, as referred to in the following links.
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Posted: Aug 21, 2015
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Micropollutants occur in the environment mainly due to wastewater treatment plant discharges. The following links of articles investigates the occurrence of micropollutants in WWTPs and the environmental risks associated with their exposure.
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Posted: May 18, 2015
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The installation and operation of advanced wastewater treatment which aims at reducing organic micropollutants left after the biological treatment, will incur additional cost of treatment. The additional treatment cost for using ozone is surprisingly low according to the following referenced studies.
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Posted: Apr 24, 2015
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Zhou and Brrodbank (2014) investigated the occurrence of 9 pharmaceuticals in both river water and sediment by taking sample at different times and locations such as the effluent recipient water and downstream and upstream of River Medway.
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Posted: Apr 24, 2015
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Östman et al. (2014) investigated 24 illicit and narcotic drugs and some metabolites present in sewage treatment plants in different locations around Sweden using newly developed analytical method. This review provides only a quick view or snapshot of the drugs since only a single sample was taken in every location.
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Posted: Apr 23, 2015
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Altmann, et al. (2014) compared the efficiency of ozone and powdered activated carbon (PAC) for the removal of micropollutants in secondary-treated wastewater effluents characterized by high dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentration.
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Posted: Apr 23, 2015
Categories: Full-scale studies
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Sui et al. (2014) investigated the removal of 13 pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in a full-scale wastewater treatment plant in Beijing, China using sequential UV and O3 for a period of 10 months to determine variations in removal efficiency.
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Posted: Apr 8, 2015
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Exposure to high level of micropollutants in seawater and surface water have been shown to exhibit negative effects on fish and other marine species, as presented in the following links.
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Posted: Apr 5, 2015
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Conventional treatment methods are not designed to remove micropollutants in the wastewater therefore high concentrations of these mixture of substances are discharged with the wastewater effluents.
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