Arsenic speciation and removal in continuous-flow packed bed adsorption reactors was investigated using a strong base anion exchange resin as the adsorbent. Preloading of the media was investigated passing arsenic-free Lake Washington water through columns packed with the resin prior to feeding influent spiked with arsenic. NOM preloading did not affect the systems, but sulfate adsorbed during the preloading and the subsequent adsorption steps caused chromatographic displacement of the adsorbed arsenic. Significant arsenic speciation changes occurred in the arsenic-spiked feeding solution that need further investigation.
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