Removal of Micropollutants from Wastewater Using Advanced Oxidation in Biphasic and Triphasic Systems
In many areas of the US, water is the limiting resource for economic development. Thus, water reuse and recycling has become an increasing priority. However, the appearance of highly bioactive micropollutants such as endocrine disrupting substances, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products in treated wastewaters has become an emerging issue. The persistence, bioaccumulation, and receptor impacts of these chemicals in aquatic ecosystems are an active area of investigation. Typical wastewater treatment from dairy lagoons to municipal sewerage treatment plants has advanced sanitary needs and some level of nutrient removal; however, micropollutants often escape standard unit operations. There is a need for cost effective, advanced oxidation processes that remove micropollutants from wastewater to allow for enhanced water reuse and recycling and
the concomitant advantages to environmental quality, public health, and economic development.