Biostability characterization in a full-scale hybrid NF/RO treatment system

Seungkwan Hong, Isabel C. Escobar, Julie Hershey-Pyle, Colin Hobbs, Jaeweon Cho

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Abstract

When a drinking water distribution system experiences bacterial growth, it can result in problems including reduced water quality, pipe corrosion, and possibly an increased incidence of bacteriological diseases. Assimilable organic carbon (AOC) has been correlated with such bacterial growth in drinking water distribution systems. When AOC is not removed from the water supply, disinfectants must be added to the water to decrease the potential for bacterial growth. Nanofiltration (NF) has proved effective at producing high-quality finished water. The objective of this study was to quantify the biostability potential across an NF treatment process to show the effects of treatment on AOC. The results indicate that the interactions between feedwater chemistry and a membrane surface can adversly affect the produced effluent. A reverse osmosis system is not capable of removing the majority of AOC when adverse solution chemistry-membrane interactions exist and thus produces biologically unstable water. Greater focus must be placed on feedwater quality in a reverse osmosis process in order to maximize efficiency. - SH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-124
Number of pages24
JournalJournal / American Water Works Association
Volume97
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2005 May 1

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Nanofiltration
Organic carbon
organic carbon
Water distribution systems
Reverse osmosis
Potable water
Drinking Water
Water quality
drinking water
membrane
Membranes
water quality
Disinfectants
Water
Water supply
corrosion
Effluents
pipe
water supply
Pipe

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  • Water Science and Technology
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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Hong, S., Escobar, I. C., Hershey-Pyle, J., Hobbs, C., & Cho, J. (2005). Biostability characterization in a full-scale hybrid NF/RO treatment system. Journal / American Water Works Association, 97(5), 101-124.

Biostability characterization in a full-scale hybrid NF/RO treatment system. / Hong, Seungkwan; Escobar, Isabel C.; Hershey-Pyle, Julie; Hobbs, Colin; Cho, Jaeweon.

In: Journal / American Water Works Association, Vol. 97, No. 5, 01.05.2005, p. 101-124.

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Hong, S, Escobar, IC, Hershey-Pyle, J, Hobbs, C & Cho, J 2005, 'Biostability characterization in a full-scale hybrid NF/RO treatment system', Journal / American Water Works Association, vol. 97, no. 5, pp. 101-124.
Hong, Seungkwan ; Escobar, Isabel C. ; Hershey-Pyle, Julie ; Hobbs, Colin ; Cho, Jaeweon. / Biostability characterization in a full-scale hybrid NF/RO treatment system. In: Journal / American Water Works Association. 2005 ; Vol. 97, No. 5. pp. 101-124.
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