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AGROIWATECH Résumé de rapport

Project ID: ICA2-CT-2002-10010
Financé au titre de: FP5-INCO 2
Pays: Netherlands

Review report on analytical methods for waste water characterization

Anaerobic waste water treatment and methods to evaluate the operation and performance of anaerobic waste water treatment plants were reviewed in a detailed way. In general, protocols for waste water analysis related to anaerobic treatment do not differ from those for aerobic treatment. For anaerobic treatment however, the array of analytical methods utilized differs somewhat from those applied in aerobic waste water treatment as a consequence of the different biological conversion processes and metabolites produced.

In the first part of the manual the principles of and the background behind the use of the various analytical methods is discussed with the aim to provide with a general understanding.

In the second part, examples of analytical procedures are presented. In there, analytical methods that are described in Standard Methods, the standard reference work for the characterization of waste waters, are only briefly discussed and only a reference is given.

The analytical methods discussed in the manual are divided in 3 sections i.e.
- Analytical methods for physical-chemical characterization of waste water,
- Analytical methods for physical-chemical characterization of biomass and
- Bio-assays for the biological characterization of waste water and biomass with respect to biodegradability, activity and toxicity.

The listed methods aim to be generally applicable and represent the best current practice for analysis applied in anaerobic waste water treatment. To contribute to standardization of analytical methods and harmonization of protocols, the selected methods comply whenever possible with those described in Standard Methods, allowing uniform protocols and accurate and reliable test results.


Jules VAN LIER, (Professor)
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