This article presents the results of studies of changes in water biostability levels in water treatment systems. In order to evaluate the potential of microorganism regrowth, both the organic and non-organic nutrient substrate content was taken into account. Pre-treatment in the analyzed water treatment plants ensured high phosphate ion removal effectiveness but a significantly worse effectiveness in removing biodegradable dissolved organic carbon (BDOC). Lowering nutrient substrate content during the main treatment stage was only possible in water treatment systems that incorporated biological processes. Conversely, final water treatment processes only influenced BDOC content in the treated water. Irrespective of the water type and unit treatment process, the limiting factors for microorganism regrowth in the distribution system were the phosphate ion content and BDOC content. However, none of the analyzed treatment systems ensured a reduction in non-organic nitrogen content that would ensure biological stability of the water.
Research Article|June 24 2014
Changes in water biostability levels in water treatment trials
Małgorzata Wolska; Changes in water biostability levels in water treatment trials. Water Sci Technol 1 February 2015; 71 (4): 538–544. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2014.288
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