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Pharmaceuticals and pesticides in reclaimed water: Efficiency assessment of a microfiltration–reverse osmosis (MF–RO) pilot plant

Water reuse is becoming a common practice in several areas in the world, particularly in those impacted by water scarcity driven by climate change and/or by rising human demand. Since conventional wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are not able to efficiently remove many organic contaminants and pathogens, more advanced water treatment processes should be applied to WWTP effluents for water reclamation purposes. In this work, a pilot plant based on microfiltration (MF) followed by reverse osmosis (RO) filtration was applied to the effluents of an urban WWTP. Both the WWTP and the pilot plant were investigated with regards to the removal of a group of relevant contaminants widely spread in the environment: 28 pharmaceuticals and 20 pesticides. The combined treatment by the MF–RO system was able to quantitatively remove the target micropollutants present in the WWTP effluents to values either in the low ng/L range or below limits of quantification. Monitoring of water quality of reclaimed water and water reclamation sources is equally necessary to design the most adequate treatment procedures aimed to water reuse for different needs

AcknowledgmentsThis research work has been co-financed by the SpanishMinistry of Economy and Competitiveness through the projectSCARCE (Consolider-Ingenio 2010 CSD2009-00065) and the Euro-pean Union through the European Regional Development Fund(ERDF) and partly supported by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Con-solidated Research Group: Catalan Institute for Water Research2014 SGR 291)

© Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2015, vol. 282, p. 165-173

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Author: Rodríguez Mozaz, Sara
Ricart Viladomat, Marta
Köck-Schulmeyer, Marianne
Guasch i Padró, Helena
Bonnineau, Chloé
Proia, Lorenzo
López de Alda, Miren
Sabater, Sergi
Barceló i Cullerés, Damià
Date: 2015 January 23
Abstract: Water reuse is becoming a common practice in several areas in the world, particularly in those impacted by water scarcity driven by climate change and/or by rising human demand. Since conventional wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are not able to efficiently remove many organic contaminants and pathogens, more advanced water treatment processes should be applied to WWTP effluents for water reclamation purposes. In this work, a pilot plant based on microfiltration (MF) followed by reverse osmosis (RO) filtration was applied to the effluents of an urban WWTP. Both the WWTP and the pilot plant were investigated with regards to the removal of a group of relevant contaminants widely spread in the environment: 28 pharmaceuticals and 20 pesticides. The combined treatment by the MF–RO system was able to quantitatively remove the target micropollutants present in the WWTP effluents to values either in the low ng/L range or below limits of quantification. Monitoring of water quality of reclaimed water and water reclamation sources is equally necessary to design the most adequate treatment procedures aimed to water reuse for different needs
AcknowledgmentsThis research work has been co-financed by the SpanishMinistry of Economy and Competitiveness through the projectSCARCE (Consolider-Ingenio 2010 CSD2009-00065) and the Euro-pean Union through the European Regional Development Fund(ERDF) and partly supported by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Con-solidated Research Group: Catalan Institute for Water Research2014 SGR 291)
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Citation: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2014.09.015
ISSN: 0304-3894 (versió paper)
1873-3336 (versió electrònica)
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/10256/12587
Language: eng
Publisher: Elsevier
Collection: MICINN/PN 2009-2014/CSD2009-00065
Versió postprint del document publicat a: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2014.09.015
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Is part of: © Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2015, vol. 282, p. 165-173
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Subject: Plaguicides -- Aspectes ambientals
Pesticides -- Environmental aspects
Medicaments -- Aspectes ambientals
Drugs -- Environmental aspects
Aigua -- Contaminació
Water -- Pollution
Aigua -- Reutilització
Water reuse
Aigua -- Depuració
Water -- Purification
Title: Pharmaceuticals and pesticides in reclaimed water: Efficiency assessment of a microfiltration–reverse osmosis (MF–RO) pilot plant
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