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  • 51.
    Zhang, Wen
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering.
    Renman, Gunno
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Water and Environmental Engineering.
    Removal of micropollutants and nutrients in household wastewater using organic and inorganic sorbentsIn: Desalination and Water Treatment, ISSN 1944-3994, E-ISSN 1944-3986Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The efficiency of five organic and five inorganic sorbents in removing 19 organic micropollutants (MPs), phosphorus, nitrogen, and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) was tested in a two-week column experiment using household wastewater spiked with pharmaceuticals (n = 6), biocides/pesticides (n = 4), organophosphates (n = 3), a fragrance, a UV-stablizer, a food additive,a rubber additive, a plasticizer and a surfactant. Two types of granular activated carbon (GAC), two types of lignite, a pine bark product, and five mineral-based sorbents were tested. All the organic sorbents except pine bark achieved better removal efficiencies of DOC (on average, 70 ± 27%) and MPs (93 ± 11%) than the inorganic materials (DOC: 44 ± 7% and MPs: 66 ± 38%). However, the organic sorbents (i.e. GAC and xyloid lignite) removed less phosphorus (46 ± 18%), while sorbents with a high calcium or iron content (i.e. Polonite® and lignite) generally removed phosphorus more efficiently (93 ± 3%). Ammonium-nitrogen was well removed by sorbents with a pH between 7 and 9, with an average removal of 87%, whereas lignite (pH 4) showed the lowest removal efficiency (50%). Some MPs were well removed by all sorbents (≥97%) including biocides (hexachlorobenzene, triclosan and terbutryn), organophosphates (tributylphosphate, tris-(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate and triphenylphosphate) and one fragrance (galaxolide). The pesticide 2,6-dichlorobenzamide and the pharmaceutical diclofenac were poorly removed by the pine bark and inorganic sorbents (on average, 4%), while organic sorbents achieved high removal of these chemicals (87%).

  • 52.
    Zhang, Wen
    et al.
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering.
    Renman, Gunno
    KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Water and Environmental Engineering.
    Wastewater purification and removal of micropollutants in a soiltreatment system and by subsequent filtration through activatedcarbon and xyloid lignite – a field experimentManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Soil treatment systems (STS) are often used in rural areas to remove nutrients and microorganisms from wastewater. These and other facilities designed for on-site sewage treatment should also have the capacity to remove micropollutants (MPs), i.e. pharmaceuticals, personal care products, detergents, polymer additives, and other synthetic organic compounds. In a six-month study on a medium-scale STS with two add-on filters installed to purify the effluent, possible removal enhancement of MPs, phosphorus (Ptot) and ammonium-nitrogen (NH4-N) was examined. The filters contained granular activated carbon (GAC) and xyloid lignite (Xylit). A total of 58 compounds were detected, comprising artificial sweeteners (n = 2), organophosphates (n = 7), parabens (n = 3), personal care products (n = 7), pesticides (n = 2), perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) (n = 3), pharmaceuticals (n = 27), a plasticiser, a polymer impurity, a rubber additive, stimulants (n = 3) and a surfactant. The concentrations in influent water to the STS ranged from 1.3 ng L-1 (ranitidine) to 110 μg L-1 (acetaminophen). Mean removal rate of MPs by the STS was 49 ± 56 %. The add-on filters significantly improved (ANOVA, p<0.001) removal of MPs, despite treating a high hydraulic load (2350 L m-2 day-1). The GAC and Xylit filters removed 98 ± 6 % and 87 ± 28 %, respectively, demonstrating the potential of these materials to reduce MPs in STS effluent to very low concentrations. The add-on filters did not improve removal of P and NH4-N from STS effluent, but the GAC-based filter improved removal of organics (COD) by 5%. 

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