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A review on the occurrence of micropollutants in the aquatic environment and their fate and removal during wastewater treatment

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Abstract


  • Micropollutants are emerging as a new challenge to the scientific community. This review provides a summary of the recent occurrence of micropollutants in the aquatic environment including sewage, surface water, groundwater and drinking water. The discharge of treated effluent from WWTPs is a major pathway for the introduction of micropollutants to surface water. WWTPs act as primary barriers against the spread of micropollutants. WWTP removal efficiency of the selected micropollutants in 14 countries/regions depicts compound-specific variation in removal, ranging from 12.5 to 100%. Advanced treatment processes, such as activated carbon adsorption, advanced oxidation processes, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, and membrane bioreactors can achieve higher and more consistent micropollutant removal. However, regardless of what technology is employed, the removal of micropollutants depends on physico-chemical properties of micropollutants and treatment conditions. The evaluation of micropollutant removal from municipal wastewater should cover a series of aspects from sources to end uses. After the release of micropollutants, a better understanding and modeling of their fate in surface water is essential for effectively predicting their impacts on the receiving environment.

Authors


  •   Luo, Yunlong (external author)
  •   Guo, Wenshan (external author)
  •   Ngo, Hao H. (external author)
  •   Nghiem, Long D. (external author)
  •   Hai, Faisal I.
  •   Zhang, Jian (external author)
  •   Liang, Shuang (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Luo, Y., Guo, W., Ngo, H. Hao., Nghiem, L. Duc., Hai, F. Ibney., Zhang, J. & Liang, S. (2014). A review on the occurrence of micropollutants in the aquatic environment and their fate and removal during wastewater treatment. Science of the Total Environment, 473-474 (March), 619-641.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84891689980

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2861&context=eispapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/1852

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Number Of Pages


  • 22

Start Page


  • 619

End Page


  • 641

Volume


  • 473-474

Issue


  • March

Place Of Publication


  • Netherlands

Abstract


  • Micropollutants are emerging as a new challenge to the scientific community. This review provides a summary of the recent occurrence of micropollutants in the aquatic environment including sewage, surface water, groundwater and drinking water. The discharge of treated effluent from WWTPs is a major pathway for the introduction of micropollutants to surface water. WWTPs act as primary barriers against the spread of micropollutants. WWTP removal efficiency of the selected micropollutants in 14 countries/regions depicts compound-specific variation in removal, ranging from 12.5 to 100%. Advanced treatment processes, such as activated carbon adsorption, advanced oxidation processes, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, and membrane bioreactors can achieve higher and more consistent micropollutant removal. However, regardless of what technology is employed, the removal of micropollutants depends on physico-chemical properties of micropollutants and treatment conditions. The evaluation of micropollutant removal from municipal wastewater should cover a series of aspects from sources to end uses. After the release of micropollutants, a better understanding and modeling of their fate in surface water is essential for effectively predicting their impacts on the receiving environment.

Authors


  •   Luo, Yunlong (external author)
  •   Guo, Wenshan (external author)
  •   Ngo, Hao H. (external author)
  •   Nghiem, Long D. (external author)
  •   Hai, Faisal I.
  •   Zhang, Jian (external author)
  •   Liang, Shuang (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Luo, Y., Guo, W., Ngo, H. Hao., Nghiem, L. Duc., Hai, F. Ibney., Zhang, J. & Liang, S. (2014). A review on the occurrence of micropollutants in the aquatic environment and their fate and removal during wastewater treatment. Science of the Total Environment, 473-474 (March), 619-641.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84891689980

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2861&context=eispapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/1852

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 22

Start Page


  • 619

End Page


  • 641

Volume


  • 473-474

Issue


  • March

Place Of Publication


  • Netherlands