Behavior and characterization of residual organic compounds in wastewater used for indirect potable reuse

Jörg E. Drewes, Peter Fox

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The scope of this study was to compare the behavior and character of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) during soil-aquifer treatment at different field sites in Arizona and California. To determine biodegradable and residual organic carbon, biodegradability studies using batch tests and a laboratory soil-column system were examined, combined with additional examinations for further characterization (ultrafiltration, adsorption analysis). Based on this comparison, soil-columns in series seemed to be more appropriate to simulate SAT as compared to batch-tests since this test system indicated continuous structural changes of generally poorly degradable organic compounds during SAT. This ongoing change of organic matter was confirmed by field measurements indicating biodegradation as the dominant removal process for DOC during SAT. The level of residual DOC after short-term SAT was similar although wastewater treatment processes differed at the investigated sites. However, increasing source water DOC led to an increase of residual DOC. In general, source water quality, drinking water and wastewater treatment should be viewed as one system in indirect potable reuse projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-398
Number of pages8
JournalWater Science and Technology
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1998 6th International Conference on Advanced Wastewater Treatment, Recycling and Reuse - Milan, Italy
Duration: Sep 14 1998Sep 16 1998


  • Groundwater recharge
  • Indirect potable reuse
  • Natural organic matter (NOM)
  • Refractory DOC
  • Soil-aquifer treatment (SAT)
  • Soluble microbial products (SMP)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology


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