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Biostability of Tap Water—A Qualitative Analysis of Health Risk in the Example of Groundwater Treatment (Semi-Technical Scale)

By Andżelika Domoń, Dorota Papciak, Barbara Tchórzewska-Cieślak and Katarzyna Pietrucha-Urbanik


This article presents results of research which aimed to assess the impact of biofiltration processing on the biological stability of water. Effectiveness of biogenic substances removal (C, N, P) and bacteriological quality of water after the biofiltration process were discussed. The research was carried out on a semi-technical scale on natural underground water rich in organic compounds. A filter with a biologically active carbon (BAC) bed was used for the research. Despite the low water temperature of between 9&#8315;12 &#176;C, there was a high efficiency of organic matter removal&#8212;33&#8315;70%. The number of mesophilic and psychrophilic bacteria in the water before and after the biofiltration process was comparable (0&#8315;23 CFU/mL) and met the requirements for drinking water. No <i>E. coli</i> was detected in the water samples. The biological material washed out of the filter bed did not cause deterioration of water quality which proved that the operating parameters of the biofilters were properly chosen, i.e., contact time of 30 min, filtration speed up to 3 m/h. Reduction of the content of nutrients in the treated water limits the risk of microbial growth and thus the emergence of biological growth in the distribution system

Topics: bacteriological contamination of water, biofiltration, biological stability, water treatment, Hydraulic engineering, TC1-978, Water supply for domestic and industrial purposes, TD201-500
Publisher: MDPI AG
Year: 2018
DOI identifier: 10.3390/w10121764
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