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Removal of persistent polar polutants through improved treatment of wastewater effluents

Objective

The increasing efforts necessary for drinking water preparation are mainly due to the presence of trace organic compounds in the raw wastewater. These polar persistent pollutants (PPP= P-THREE) originate from wastewater discharges in partly closed water cycles and were not removed in wastewater treatment. The scarcity of pristine waters for drinking water supply makes reuse of water necessary and increasing and controlled closing of water cycles is an essential part of sustainable water resources management. These needs require an improved removal of P-THREE from municipal wastewaters (WW).

P-THREE attains this by a tried approach:

i) Improving the elimination of P³ from urban WW by applying and optimising novel membrane bioreactors (MBR) with respect to P-THREE encountered in municipal wastewater and comparing it with conventional activated sludge systems;

ii) Evaluating and improving the potential of advanced oxidation procedures (AOP) towards the removal of P-THREE as a pre-treatment step in industry that discharges into the sewer system and iii) Reducing the emission of P-THREE into sewer systems by initiating reduction and substitution measures. The results will help to improve WW treatment and surface water quality and is a prerequisite for future indirect potable reuse of municipal wastewater in the EU.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

JOHANNES GUTENBERG UNIVERSITAET MAINZ
Address
21,Beckerweg 21
55099 Mainz
Germany

Participants (8)

ARC SEIBERSDORF RESEARCH GMBH
Austria
Address

2444 Seibersdorf
ASSOCIATION OF WATERWORKS IN THE RHINE RIVER BASIN
Germany
Address
Parkguertel, 24
50823 Koeln
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Jordi Girona 18-26
08034 Barcelona
HESSISCHES LANDESAMT FUER UMWELT UND GEOLOGIE
Germany
Address
Rheingaustrasse 186
65022 Wiesbaden
LEIDEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
2,Einsteinweg 2
2300 RA Leiden
SOCIEDAD GENERAL AGUAS DE BARCELONA SA
Spain
Address
Passeig De Sant Joan 39
08009 Barcelona
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
Address
Strasse Des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin
VITO - VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK NV
Belgium
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol