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Disinfection by-product

Supamas Danwittayakul, Supachai Songngam, Tipawan Fhulua, Panida Muangkasem, Sittha Sukkasi
Solar water disinfection (SODIS) is a simple point-of-use process that uses sunlight to disinfect water for drinking. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles are typically used as water containers for SODIS, but a new SODIS container design has recently been developed with low-density polyethylene (LDPE) bags and can overcome the drawbacks of PET bottles. Two nesting layers of LDPE bags are used in the new design: the inner layer containing the water to be disinfected and the outer one creating air insulation to minimize heat loss from the water to the surroundings...
October 19, 2016: Environmental Technology
Tingting Wu, James D Englehardt
An urban net-zero water treatment system, designed for energy-positive water management, 100% recycle of comingled black/grey water to drinking water standards, and mineralization of hormones and other organics, without production of concentrate, was constructed and operated for two years, serving an occupied four-bedroom, four-bath university residence hall apartment. The system comprised septic tank, denitrifying membrane bioreactor (MBR), iron-mediated aeration (IMA) reactor, vacuum ultrafilter, and peroxone or UV/H2O2 advanced oxidation, with 14% rainwater make-up and concomitant discharge of 14% of treated water (ultimately for reuse in irrigation)...
October 5, 2016: Water Research
Ali Kal, Mustafa Ilker Toker, Serpil Kaya
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare the effects of widely used multipurpose contact lens solutions against Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, in addition to cystic and trophozoite forms of Acanthamoeba castellanii and A. polyphaga, that cause microbial keratitis. METHODS: Three multipurpose solutions were tested: SOLO-care, ReNu, and Opti-Free Express. The test solutions were challenged with P. aeruginosa (ATCC 27853) and S. aureus (ATCC 2913) based on the ISO stand-alone and regiment test procedure for disinfecting products, A...
October 13, 2016: International Ophthalmology
Trudy M Wassenaar, David W Ussery, Hanne Ingmer
Resistance of Staphylococcus species to quaternary ammonium compounds, frequently used as disinfectants and biocides, can be attributed to qac genes. Most qac gene products belong to the Small Multidrug Resistant (SMR) protein family, and are often encoded by rolling-circle (RC) replicating plasmids. Four classes of SMR-type qac gene families have been described in Staphylococcus species: qacC, qacG, qacJ, and qacH. Within their class, these genes are highly conserved, but qacC genes are extremely conserved, although they are found in variable plasmid backgrounds...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Elizabeth S Gilchrist, David A Healy, Virginia N Morris, Jeremy D Glennon
This paper is a review of ion chromatographic (IC) separations of inorganic oxyhalide disinfection by-products (DBPs) in water and beverages. The review outlines the chemical mechanisms of formation, regulation of maximum allowable levels, chromatographic column selection and speciation. In addition, this review highlights the application of IC coupled to mass spectrometry (MS) for trace and elemental composition analysis of oxyhalides, along with the analytical considerations associated to enable sensitive analysis...
October 26, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Shashika Madushi Korotta-Gamage, Arumugam Sathasivan
The use of biologically activated carbon (BAC) in drinking water purification is reviewed. In the past BAC is seen mostly as a polishing treatment. However, BAC has the potential to provide solution to recent challenges faced by water utilities arising from change in natural organic matter (NOM) composition in drinking water sources - increased NOM concentration with a larger fraction of hydrophilic compounds and ever increasing trace level organic pollutants. Hydrophilic NOM is not removed by traditional coagulation process and causes bacterial regrowth and increases disinfection by-products (DBPs) formation during disinfection...
October 4, 2016: Chemosphere
Ievgeniia Ostrov, Avraham Harel, Solange Bernstein, Doron Steinberg, Moshe Shemesh
Microbial damages caused by biofilm forming bacteria in the dairy industry are a fundamental threat to safety and quality of dairy products. In order to ensure the optimal level of equipment hygiene in the dairy industry, it is necessary to determine the biofilm removal efficiency of cleaning agents used for cleaning-in-place (CIP) procedures. However, currently there is no standard method available for evaluating and comparing cleaning agents for use in CIP procedures in the dairy industry under realistic conditions...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Amit Bhatnagar, Mika Sillanpää
Natural organic matter (NOM) is produced through metabolic reactions in water supply in drinking water sources and has been reported to cause several problems including objectionable taste and color of water, formation of disinfection by-products (DBPs) and reducing the amount of dissolved oxygen in water. The removal of NOM and its constituents from water is a challenging issue worldwide. Many technologies have been examined for this purpose. The properties and amount of NOM, however, can significantly affect the process efficiency...
January 2017: Chemosphere
Ianis Delpla, Manuel J Rodriguez
The quality of drinking water sources can decrease when contaminants are transported by overland and subsurface flow and discharged into surface waters following rainfall events. Increases in organic contaminants such as road salts and organic matter may occur and potentially modify disinfection by-products (DBPs) concentration and speciation. This study investigated the effects of various spring rainfall events on the quality of treated waters at a large water treatment plant through the implementation of intensive water quality monitoring of raw, filtered and treated waters during different rainfall events...
January 2017: Chemosphere
Guilin He, Cong Li, Feilong Dong, Tuqiao Zhang, Long Chen, Leslie Cizmas, Virender K Sharma
The degradation and transformation products of 17β-estradiol (E2) by chloramines in a pilot-scale water distribution system (WDS) were investigated using varying conditions including multiple mass ratios of chlorine to nitrogen (Cl/N), changing concentrations of chloramines, and different pH and pipe materials. The degradation of E2 was complete in ≤9 h in both deionized water (DW) and in the WDS under studied conditions. When the degradation rate of E2 was compared in WDS and DW, the degradation rate was appreciably greater in the WDS than in the DW at Cl/N mass ratios of 3, 4 and 6...
September 25, 2016: Water Research
Yilin Du, Houfeng Xiong, Shuangshi Dong, Jun Zhang, Dongmei Ma, Dandan Zhou
The inactivation mechanism of photocatalytic disinfectants on bacteria is well known. In contrast, the potential inactivation of fungal spores by visible-light induced photocatalysis has been recognized, but the inactivation mechanism is poorly understood. We hypothesize that photocatalytically generated reactive oxygen species (ROSs) are directly involved in this mechanism. To test this hypothesis, we identified the roles of ROSs in the inactivation of Fusarium solani spores. As the photocatalysts, we doped TiO2 with 3 typical dopants, forming Ag/TiO2, N/TiO2 and Er(3+):YAlO3/TiO2...
December 2016: AMB Express
Božidar Bratina, Andrej Šorgo, Janez Kramberger, Urban Ajdnik, Lidija Fras Zemljič, Janez Ekart, Riko Šafarič
After a ban on the depositing of untreated sludge in landfills, the sludge from municipal and industrial water-treatment plants can be regarded as a problem. Waste products of the water treatment process can be a problem or an opportunity - a source for obtaining raw materials. In the European Union, raw sludge and fats, oil and grease (FOG) from municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) cannot be deposited in any natural or controlled environment. For this reason, it must be processed (stabilized, dried) to be used later as a fertilizer, building material, or alternative fuel source suitable for co-incineration in high temperature furnaces (power plants or concrete plants)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
Maria Jose Cardador, Mercedes Gallego
Canned vegetables come into contact with sanitizers and/or treated water in industry during several steps (viz. washing, sanitizing, blanching and filling with sauces or brine solutions) and therefore they can contain disinfection by-products (DBPs). This study focused on the occurrence of trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs) in a wide variety of canned vegetables (75 samples). For each vegetable, the edible solid and liquid phases of the package were separated and analysed individually. DBPs can be present in both solid (up to 8 species) and liquid (up to 11 species) phases, their levels being higher in liquid ones...
September 30, 2016: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
Rafael Herruzo, Maria Jose Vizcaino, Irene Herruzo, Manuel Sanchez
Assessment methods of surface disinfection based on international standards (Environmental Protection Agency, European Norms, etc) do not correspond to hospital reality. New evaluation methods of surfaces disinfection are proposed to choose the most suitable disinfectant to act against clinically relevant microorganisms detected on the surfaces of burn units. 1) "Immediate effect": 6 products were compared using a glass germ-carrier and 20 recently isolated microorganisms from different patients in the intensive care units...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
Shengcun Ma, Yiqun Gan, Baiyang Chen, Zhong Tang, Stuart Krasner
This study systematically evaluates the capabilities of five types of household water treatment (HWT) methods (including boiler heating, microwave irradiation, pouring, stirring, and shaking) on the removals of four regulated trihalomethanes (THM4) and three iodinated halomethanes (IHMs) under a variety of conditions simulative of residential uses. Overall, the results clearly showed promising capabilities of all five HWT methods in controlling volatile disinfection by-products (DBPs), and heating with a boiler was the most effective approach among all methods due to the synergistic effects of water turbulence and bubbling phenomena...
August 22, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Yu-Ting Zuo, Yu Hu, Wei-Wei Lu, Jing-Jing Cao, Fan Wang, Xue Han, Wen-Qing Lu, Ai-Lin Liu
Scarce toxicological data are available for 2,6-dichloro-1,4-benzoquinone (DCBQ), an emerging water disinfection by-product (DBP) that is of potential public health concern. This study investigated the effects of DCBQ on the lethality, respiration rate, and DNA damage in the Caenorhabditis elegans nematode. Meanwhile, the toxic effects of five regulated DBPs, dichloroacetic acid (DCA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), monobromoacetic acid (MBA), dibromoacetic acid (DBA), and N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), have also been evaluated...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Yuichi Yamaguchi, Takahito Shimodo, Noriyasu Chikamori, Sho Usuki, Yoshihiro Kanai, Takeshi Endo, Ken-Ichi Katsumata, Chiaki Terashima, Masahiko Ikekita, Akira Fujishima, Tomonori Suzuki, Hideki Sakai, Kazuya Nakata
Bacteria that cause serious food poisoning are known to sporulate under conditions of nutrient and water shortage. The resulting spores have much greater resistance to common sterilization methods, such as heating at 100 °C and exposure to various chemical agents. Because such bacteria cannot be inactivated with typical alcohol disinfectants, peroxyacetic acid (PAA) often is used, but PAA is a harmful agent that can seriously damage human health. Furthermore, concentrated hydrogen peroxide, which is also dangerous, must be used to prepare PAA...
September 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yong Dong Liu, Rugang Zhong
N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) as a disinfection by-product has recently become the focus of considerable research interest due to its unusually high carcinogenicity. In this study, the formation mechanisms of NDMA from dimethylamine (DMA) during chloramination and ozonation were investigated by using the quantum chemical G4 method. The reactivity of haloamines and hydroxylamine reacting with DMA was found in the order: NHCl2∼NHBrCl (Br-leaving)>NHBr2>NH2Cl∼NH2Br>NH2OH. This offers a theoretical support for the experimentally proposed mechanism that dimethylamine reacts with NHCl2 rather than NH2Cl to form chlorinated unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine intermediate and the existence of bromochloramine in the presence of bromide during chloramination, and explains the observation that NDMA yield during ozonation is much lower than that during chloramination...
September 12, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Fatima Al-Otoum, Mohammad A Al-Ghouti, Talaat A Ahmed, Mohammed Abu-Dieyeh, Mohammed Ali
The occurrence of chlorine dioxide (ClO2) disinfection by-products (DBPs) in drinking water, namely, chlorite, chlorate, and trihalomethanes (THMs), was investigated. Two-hundred-ninety-four drinking water samples were collected from seven desalination plants (DPs), four reservoirs (R), and eight mosques (M) distributed within various locations in southern and northern Qatar. The ClO2 concentration levels ranged from 0.38 to <0.02 mg L(-1), with mean values of 0.17, 0.12, and 0.04 mg L(-1) for the DPs, Rs, and Ms, respectively...
December 2016: Chemosphere
Lokesh P Padhye
This annual review covers the literature published in 2015 on topics related to the occurrence and fate of emerging environmental pollutants in wastewater. Due to the vast amount of literature published on this topic, I have discussed only a fraction of the quality research publications, up to maximum 20 relevant articles per section, due to limitation of space. The abstract search was carried out using Web of Science, and the abstracts were selected based on their relevance. In few cases, full-text articles were referred to better understand new findings...
October 2016: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
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