Removal of pharmaceuticals and fragrances in biological wastewater treatment

The removal of seven pharmaceuticals and two fragrances in the biological units of various full-scale municipal wastewater treatment plants was studied

Adriano Joss; Elvira Keller; Alfredo C. Alder; Anke Göbel; Christa S. McArdell; Thomas Ternes; Hansruedi Siegrist

2005

Scholarcy highlights

  • The removal of seven pharmaceuticals and two fragrances in the biological units of various full-scale municipal wastewater treatment plants was studied
  • The observed removal of pharmaceuticals was mainly due to biological transformation and varied from insignificant to>90%
  • Comparable transformation and sorption was seen for different reactor types as well as for sludge ages between 10 and 60–80 days and temperatures between 12 °C and 21 °C
  • The paper presents a method for setting up mass balances for micropollutants over entire wastewater treatment plants, including an estimation of the accuracy of the quantified fate

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