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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441603/assessment-of-wastewater-treatment-facility-compliance-with-decreasing-ammonia-discharge-limits-using-a-regression-tree-model
#1
Bihu Suchetana, Balaji Rajagopalan, JoAnn Silverstein
A regression tree-based diagnostic approach is developed to evaluate factors affecting US wastewater treatment plant compliance with ammonia discharge permit limits using Discharge Monthly Report (DMR) data from a sample of 106 municipal treatment plants for the period of 2004-2008. Predictor variables used to fit the regression tree are selected using random forests, and consist of the previous month's effluent ammonia, influent flow rates and plant capacity utilization. The tree models are first used to evaluate compliance with existing ammonia discharge standards at each facility and then applied assuming more stringent discharge limits, under consideration in many states...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441554/how-far-are-we-from-closing-the-loop-of-sewage-resource-recovery-a-real-picture-of-municipal-wastewater-treatment-plants-in-italy
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Matteo Papa, Paola Foladori, Lorena Guglielmi, Giorgio Bertanza
This paper presents the results of a broad-scale survey of resource recovery implementation in Italian wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first survey comprising a large number of WWTPs done in Europe: more than 600 plants were investigated, representing a treated load of around 20 million population equivalent (≈25% of the total in Italy). Conventional and innovative options for both material and energy recovery along the water and sludge line were surveyed, in order to i) offer a real and complete picture of the current state of resource recovery in WWTPs, and ii) underline key aspects and potential areas for improvements, as a baseline for future developments in the direction of more sustainable plants...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441553/determination-of-critical-operational-conditions-favoring-sulfide-production-from-domestic-wastewater-treated-by-a-sulfur-utilizing-denitrification-process
#3
L Ghorbel, L Coudert, Y Gilbert, G Mercier, J F Blais
The aim of this study was to determine the critical operational conditions leading to the generation of sulfide in a domestic wastewater treated by a sulfur-utilizing denitrification process. The influence of various important parameters on the reduction of the sulfates present in denitrified domestic wastewaters to sulfide was studied. Experiments were carried out in batch mode with denitrified domestic wastewaters containing various amounts of both organic matter and sulfates. Preliminary results showed that aqueous sulfide was generated for DOC and sulfate contents higher than 56 mg/L and 371 mg/L, respectively, while DOC and sulfate contents of 77 mg/L and 412 mg/L, respectively, were required to allow the release of gaseous H2S...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440932/microplastics-in-a-freshwater-environment-receiving-treated-wastewater-effluent
#4
Steven Lasee, Jessica Mauricio, William A Thompson, Adcharee Karnjanapiboonwong, John Kasumba, Seenivasan Subbiah, Audra N Morse, Todd A Anderson
Small plastic fragments (microplastics or solid particles <5 mm in size or "microbeads" used in personal care products and cosmetics) may ultimately find their way into aquatic environments. We studied the presence of microplastics (particle sizes 53-105 μm and 106-179 μm) spatially and temporally in 3 connected urban lakes being fed by treated wastewater effluent in Lubbock, Texas. These lakes also serve as drainage during storm events. Water samples from drainage playa wetlands within the city were also collected...
May 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440926/sources-and-dispersive-modes-of-micro-fibers-in-the-environment
#5
Steve A Carr
Understanding the sources and distribution of microfibers (MFs) in the environment is critical if control and remediation measures are to be effective. Microfibers comprise an overwhelming fraction (>85%) of microplastic debris found on shorelines around the world. Although primary sources have not been fully vetted, until recently it was widely believed that domestic laundry discharges were the major source. It was also thought that synthetic fibers and particles having dimensions <5 mm easily bypassed filtration and other solid separation processes at wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) and entered oceans and surface waters...
May 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440617/anchoring-tailored-low-index-faceted-biobr-nanoplates-onto-tio2-nanorods-to-enhance-the-stability-and-visible-light-driven-catalytic-activity
#6
Chao Xue, Tianxi Zhang, Shujiang Ding, Jinjia Wei, Guidong Yang
In this work, a fantastic one-dimensional (1D) BiOBr/TiO2 nanorods (NRs) heterojunction composite was rationally proposed and designed from the perspective of molecular and interface engineering. The fabricated intimately connected interfacial heterojunction between two-dimensional (2D) BiOBr nanoplates and 1D TiO2 NRs acts as the interfacial nano-channel to promote efficient interfacial charge migration and the separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs. As a result, 1D BiOBr/TiO2 NRs heterojunctions exhibited outstanding visible-light photocatalytic activities and sustained cycling performance...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439295/production-of-high-concentration-n-caproic-acid-from-lactate-through-fermentation-using-a-newly-isolated-ruminococcaceae-bacterium-cpb6
#7
Xiaoyu Zhu, Yan Zhou, Yi Wang, Tingting Wu, Xiangzhen Li, Daping Li, Yong Tao
BACKGROUND: n-Caproic acid (CA), as a medium-chain carboxylic acid, is a valuable chemical feedstock for various industrial applications. The fermentative production of CA from renewable carbon sources has attracted a lot of attentions. Lactate is a significant intermediate waste in the anaerobic breakdown of carbohydrates that comprise 18-70% of the chemical oxygen demand (COD) in municipal and some industrial wastewaters. Recently, researchers (including our own group) reported the CA production using lactate as electron donor with newly identified microbiome systems...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439084/preparation-of-heterostructured-wo3-tio2-catalysts-from-wood-fibers-and-its-versatile-photodegradation-abilities
#8
Likun Gao, Wentao Gan, Zhe Qiu, Xianxu Zhan, Tiangang Qiang, Jian Li
A facile route was adopted to synthesize heterostructured WO3/TiO2 photocatalysts from wood fibers through a two-steps hydrothermal method and a calcination process. The prepared WO3/TiO2-wood fibers were used as photocatalysts under UV irradiation for photodegradation of rhodamine B, methylene blue and methyl orange. In calcination process, the wood fibers acted as carbon substrates to prepare the WO3/TiO2 photocatalysts with high surface area and unique morphology. Thus, the significant enhanced photodegradation efficiency of the organic pollutants with the WO3/TiO2-wood fibers under UV irradiation was obtained...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438402/effects-of-ultrasonic-and-hydrodynamic-cavitation-on-the-treatment-of-cork-wastewater-by-flocculation-and-fenton-processes
#9
Zhilin Wu, Francisco J Yuste-Córdoba, Pedro Cintas, Zhansheng Wu, Luisa Boffa, Stefano Mantegna, Giancarlo Cravotto
This paper reports that ultrasonic (US) and hydrodynamic cavitation (HC) are efficient strategies for the environmental remediation of cork wastewater (CW). It is necessary to remove toxic, inhibitory or refractory organic matter from CW using physical and chemical techniques (pre-treatment) prior to performing conventional biological treatment. After this biological treatment, it is also critical to further decontaminate (post-treatment) in order to meet the discharge limitation. The pre-treatment of diluted CW using Fenton oxidation (FE) alone led to COD and polyphenol (PP) removal values of 30% and 61%, respectively, while HC and US resulted in 83-90% increases in COD reduction and 26-33% increases in PP reduction...
April 13, 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438401/a-control-system-for-ultrasound-devices-utilized-for-inactivating-e-coli-in-wastewater
#10
H Ohrdes, I Ille, J Twiefel, J Wallaschek, R Nogueira, K-H Rosenwinkel
Sonochemical processes applied to wastewater treatment have an influence on the behavior of ultrasonic systems. This is especially due to the load characteristic of the sonochemical process itself and the temperature increase caused by internal damping within the converter. Hence, a controlling device is needed to guarantee the operation in resonance and to keep the vibration amplitude constant. This paper presents a digital control system for the operation of weak to strong damped ultrasonic devices and its application for inactivating Escherichia coli in wastewater...
April 16, 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438081/long-term-operation-of-kickuth-type-constructed-wetland-applied-to-municipal-wastewater-treatment-in-temperate-climate
#11
Zbigniew Mucha, Włodzimierz Wójcik, Krzysztof Jóźwiakowski, Magdalena Gajewska
The purpose of this paper is to discuss the problem of changes of effectiveness of Kickuth-type constructed wetland with subsurface flow applied to domestic wastewater treatment. This study is based on an example of a wetland 3000 sq. meters in surface, serving 800 inhabitants, located in Poland. The results of chemical analysis showed that after an initial year of 'start-up time', the efficiency of pollutant removal gradually increased to reach an apex in the 6(th) year of operation. Such maximum efficiency continued up to the 10(th) year of operation, afterwards it was gradually dropping...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437843/a-bayesian-belief-network-model-assessing-the-risk-to-wastewater-workers-of-contracting-ebola-virus-disease-during-an-outbreak
#12
Joseph W Zabinski, Kelsey J Pieper, Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson
During an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD), hospitals' connections to municipal wastewater systems may provide a path for patient waste bearing infectious viral particles to pass from the hospital into the wastewater treatment system, potentially posing risks to sewer and wastewater workers. To quantify these risks, we developed a Bayesian belief network model incorporating data on virus behavior and survival along with structural characteristics of hospitals and wastewater treatment systems. We applied the model to assess risks under several different scenarios of workers' exposure to wastewater for a wastewater system typical of a mid-sized U...
April 24, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437743/eco-pharmacovigilance-of-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-necessity-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
Bing-Shu He, Jun Wang, Juan Liu, Xia-Min Hu
Eco-pharmacovigilance (EPV) is a practical and powerful approach to minimize the potential risks posed by pharmaceutical residues in environment. However, it is impracticable to practise rigorous and unitary EPV process for all the existing and new pharmaceuticals. Here, we focused on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and discussed the necessity and potential opportunities of practising EPV of NSAIDs. We found that the consumption of NSAIDs is huge and ubiquitous across the globe. NSAIDs were worldwidely reported as one of the most dominant and frequently detected groups in environmental matrices including wastewater, surface water, suspended solids, sediments, groundwater, even drinking water...
April 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437742/biological-treatment-of-model-dyes-and-textile-wastewaters
#14
Alicia Paz, Julia Carballo, María José Pérez, José Manuel Domínguez
Previous works conducted in our laboratory, reveled that Bacillus aryabhattai DC100 produce ligninolytic enzymes such as laccases and/or peroxidases, opening new applications in different bioprocesses, including the treatment of disposal residues such as dyestuffs from textile processing industries. This work described the degradation of three commercial model dyes Coomassie Brilliant Blue G-250 (CBB), Indigo Carmine (IC) and Remazol Brilliant Blue R (RBBR) under different culture media and operational conditions...
April 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437728/is-a-a-o-process-effective-in-toxicity-removal-case-study-with-coking-wastewater
#15
Liu Shi, Dong Wang, Di Cao, Chunhong Na, Xie Quan, Ying Zhang
The anaerobic-anoxic-oxic (A/A/O) process is the commonly used biological wastewater treatment process, especially for the coking wastewater. However, limit is known about its ability in bio-toxicity removal from wastewater. In this study, we evaluated the performance of A/A/O process in bio-toxicity removal from the coking wastewater, using two test species (i.e. crustacean (Daphnia magna) and zebra fish (Danio rerio)) in respect of acute toxicity, oxidative damage and genotoxicity. Our results showed that the acute toxicity of raw influent was reduced gradually along with A/A/O process and the effluent presented no acute toxicity to Daphnia magna (D...
April 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437724/synthesis-of-zno-nanorod-based-materials-for-antibacterial-antifungal-activities-dna-cleavage-and-efficient-ultrasound-assisted-dyes-adsorption
#16
Ali Akbar Bazrafshan, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Shaaker Hajati, Reza Naghiha, Arash Asfaram
Undoped and Au-doped ZnO-nanorods were synthesized in the presence of ultrasound and loaded on activated carbon following characterization by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmittance electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis spectrophotometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The Au-doped ZnO-nanorod-loaded activated carbon (Au-ZnO-NRs-AC) was used for the simultaneous removal of methylene blue (MB) and auramine O (AO) from aqueous solutions. Central composite design (CCD) under response surface methodology (RSM) was applied to model and optimize the dyes removal versus adsorbent mass, pH, and initial dyes concentration and sonication time as well as to investigate the possible interaction between these variables...
April 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437695/fe-iii-promoted-transformation-of-%C3%AE-lactam-antibiotics-hydrolysis-vs-oxidation
#17
Jiabin Chen, Ying Wang, Yajie Qian, Tianyin Huang
The widely used β-lactam antibiotics are susceptible to oxidative and/or hydrolytic degradation promoted by some metal ions (e.g., Cu(II)). Ferric ions (Fe(III)) are among the most common metal ions, but their role in the environmental transformation and fate of β-lactam antibiotics is still unknown. This study elucidates that Fe(III) can promote degradation of β-lactam antibiotics under environmental aquatic conditions. Degradation rate constants of ampicillin (AMP) linearly increased with increasing Fe(III) concentration, but were independent of AMP concentration when AMP was higher than Fe(III) concentration...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436824/efficient-treatment-of-aniline-containing-wastewater-in-bipolar-membrane-microbial-electrolysis-cell-fenton-system
#18
Xiaohu Li, Xiangdan Jin, Nannan Zhao, Irini Angelidaki, Yifeng Zhang
Aniline-containing wastewater can cause significant environmental problems and threaten the humans's life. However, rapid degradation of aniline with cost-efficient methods remains a challenge. In this work, a novel microbial electrolysis cell with bipolar membrane was integrated with Fenton reaction (MEC-Fenton) for efficient treatment of real wastewater containing a high concentration (4460 ± 52 mg L(-1)) of aniline. In this system, H2O2 was in situ electro-synthesized from O2 reduction on the graphite cathode and was simultaneously used as source of OH for the oxidation of aniline wastewater under an acidic condition maintained by the bipolar membrane...
April 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436692/rhizospheric-soil-enzyme-activities-and-phytominimg-potential-of-aeluropus-lagopoides-and-cyperus-conglomeratus-growing-in-contaminated-soils-at-the-banks-of-artificial-lake-of-reclaimed-wastewater
#19
Zahid Khorshid Abbas
This work investigates the phytoremediation potential of Aeluropus lagopoides and Cyperus conglomeratus, growing indigenously in the vicinity of artificial lake of reclaimed water in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. The sampling sites were located at different distance from the waste water treatment plants. Trace metal contents were higher in roots than shoots in both these plants. Soil urease activity in rhizophere increased linearly along the sampling sites, however, soil alkaline phosphatase and β-glucosidase activities was greater at site 2 but were declined at site 3...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436685/factors-affecting-the-performance-of-horizontal-flow-constructed-treatment-wetland-vegetated-with-cyperus-papyrus-for-municipal-wastewater-treatment
#20
Sohair I Abou-Elela, Mohamed A Elekhnawy, Magdy T Khalil, Mohamed S Hellal
The effect of hydraulic loading rate (HLR) and hydraulic retention time (HRT) on the bioremediation of municipal wastewater using a pilot scale subsurface horizontal flow constructed treatment wetland (HFCTW) vegetated with Cyprus papyrus was investigated. Three different HLRs were applied to the treatment system namely; 0.18, 0.10 and 0.07 m(3)/m(2). d with corresponding HRTs of 1.8, 3.2 and 4.7 days, respectively. The flow rate was 8 m(3)/ d and the average organic loading rate (OLR) was 0.037 kg BOD/m(3)/d...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
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