The effect of inorganic precursors on disinfection byproduct formation during UV-chlorine/chloramine drinking water treatment

Lyon, Bonnie A., Dotson, Aaron D., Linden, Karl G. and Weinberg, Howard S. (2012) The effect of inorganic precursors on disinfection byproduct formation during UV-chlorine/chloramine drinking water treatment. Water Research, 46 15: 4653-4664. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2012.06.011

Author Lyon, Bonnie A.
Dotson, Aaron D.
Linden, Karl G.
Weinberg, Howard S.
Title The effect of inorganic precursors on disinfection byproduct formation during UV-chlorine/chloramine drinking water treatment
Journal name Water Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0043-1354
Publication date 2012-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.watres.2012.06.011
Volume 46
Issue 15
Start page 4653
End page 4664
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher I W A Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection is being increasingly used in drinking water treatment. It is important to understand how its application to different types of water may influence finished water quality, particularly as anthropogenic activity continues to impact the quality of source waters. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of inorganic precursors on the formation of regulated and unregulated disinfection byproducts (DBPs) during UV irradiation of surface waters when combined with chlorination or chloramination. Samples were collected from three drinking water utilities supplied by source waters with varying organic and inorganic precursor content. The filtered samples were treated in the laboratory with a range of UV doses delivered from low pressure (LP, UV output at 253.7 nm) and medium pressure (MP, polychromatic UV output 200-400 nm) mercury lamps followed by chlorination or chloramination, in the presence and absence of additional bromide and nitrate. The regulated trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids were not affected by UV pretreatment at disinfection doses (40-186 mJ/cm 2). With higher doses (1000 mJ/cm 2), trihalomethane formation was increased 30-40%. While most effects on DBPs were only observed with doses much higher than typically used for UV disinfection, there were some effects on unregulated DBPs at lower doses. In nitrate-spiked samples (1-10 mg N/L), chloropicrin formation doubled and increased three- to six-fold with 40 mJ/cm 2 MP UV followed by chloramination and chlorination, respectively. Bromopicrin formation was increased in samples containing bromide (0.5-1 mg/L) and nitrate (1-10 mg N/L) when pretreated with LP or MP UV (30-60% with 40 mJ/cm 2 LP UV and four- to ten-fold increase with 40 mJ/cm 2 MP UV, after subsequent chlorination). The formation of cyanogen chloride doubled and increased three-fold with MP UV doses of 186 and 1000 mJ/cm 2, respectively, when followed by chloramination in nitrate-spiked samples but remained below the World Health Organization guideline value of 70 μg/L in all cases. MP UV and high LP UV doses (1000 mJ/cm 2) increased chloral hydrate formation after subsequent chlorination (20-40% increase for 40 mJ/cm 2 MP UV). These results indicate the importance of bench-testing DBP implications of UV applications in combination with post-disinfectants as part of the engineering assessment of a UV-chlorine/chloramine multi-barrier disinfection design for drinking water treatment.
Keyword Disinfection byproducts
Ultraviolet drinking water treatment
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