Biological processes and organic micropollutants in treatment processes

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Abstract

This paper characterizes the factors that control biodegradation of organic micropollutants in biologically active drinking water processes. Particularly important are the dominance of attached microorganisms, the aerobic potential, the low concentration of organic matter, the very low concentrations of specific micropollutants, and the presence of inorganic electron donors. Biodegradation of the specific compounds is feasible if sufficient microbial growth occurs through utilization of natural organic material and if the secondary-utilization kinetics of the micropollutants are sufficiently rapid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-113
Number of pages15
JournalScience of the Total Environment, The
Volume47
Issue numberC
DOIs
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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Biodegradation
biological processes
biodegradation
Potable water
Drinking Water
Microorganisms
Biological materials
Kinetics
Electrons
microorganism
drinking water
organic matter
electron
kinetics
micropollutant

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  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Biological processes and organic micropollutants in treatment processes. / Rittmann, Bruce.

In: Science of the Total Environment, The, Vol. 47, No. C, 1985, p. 99-113.

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