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      Spectroscopic characterization of DOM and the nitrogen removal mechanism during wastewater reclamation plant


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          The performance of the Sha-he wastewater reclamation plant was evaluated in this study. To remove residual nitrogen after Anaerobic-Anoxic-Oxic (A 2O) treatment, three multistage Anoxic-Oxic (A/O) were added to investigate the nitrogen removal efficiency and its mechanism. In addition, the constituents and evolution of dissolved organic matter (DOM) during wastewater reclamation was also investigated using a method combining fluorescence spectroscopy with fluorescence regional integration (FRI). The results suggested that multistage A/O treatment can effectively improve the nitrogen removal ability under low concentrations of carbon sources. The total nitrogen (TN) exhibits significantly positive correlation with fulvic acid-like materials and humic acid-like materials. The correlation coefficient for TN and fulvic acid-like substances (R 2 = 0.810, P < 0.01) removal was greater than that of humic acid-like substances (R 2 = 0.636, P < 0.05). The results indicate that nitrogen removal may be achieved with the fulvic-like and humic-like substances, and the removal effects were higher by fulvic acid-like substances than humic-like substances, mostly due to that the latter were relatively more difficult to be utilized as carbon source during the nitrogen removal process. The effluent water quality of biological treatment reached the first grade A standard of “Cities sewage treatment plant pollutant discharge standard” (GB18918-2002). In addition, the effluent from the membrane bioreactor reached the “Standards of reclaimed water quality” (SL368-2006).

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              Wastewater reuse is currently considered globally as the most critical element of sustainable water management. The dissolved effluent organic matter (dEfOM) present in biologically treated urban wastewater, consists of a heterogeneous mixture of refractory organic compounds with diverse structures and varying origin, including dissolved natural organic matter, soluble microbial products, endocrine disrupting compounds, pharmaceuticals and personal care products residues, disinfection by-products, metabolites/transformation products and others, which can reach the aquatic environment through discharge and reuse applications. dEfOM constitutes the major fraction of the effluent organic matter (EfOM) and due to its chemical complexity, it is necessary to utilize a battery of complementary techniques to adequately describe its structural and functional character. dEfOM has been shown to exhibit contrasting effects towards various aquatic organisms. It decreases metal uptake, thus potentially reducing their bioavailability to exposed organisms. On the other hand, dEfOM can be adsorbed on cell membranes inducing toxic effects. This review paper evaluates the performance of various advanced treatment processes (i.e., membrane filtration and separation processes, activated carbon adsorption, ion-exchange resin process, and advanced chemical oxidation processes) in removing dEfOM from wastewater effluents. In general, the literature findings reveal that dEfOM removal by advanced treatment processes depends on the type and the amount of organic compounds present in the aqueous matrix, as well as the operational parameters and the removal mechanisms taking place during the application of each treatment technology.

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                [1 ] School of Resources and Environmental Science, Wuhan University, Hubei, Wuhan, P. R. China
                [2 ] State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment, State Environmental Protection Key Laboratory of Simulation and Control of Groundwater Pollution, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Science, Beijing, China
                [3 ] Beijing Vocational College of Agriculture, Beijing, P. R. China
                [4 ] Key Laboratory of Urban Storm Water System and Water Environment, Ministry of Education, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Beijing, China
                [5 ] College of Resource Environment and Tourism, Capital Normal University, Beijing, China
                [6 ] College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guilin University of Technology, Guilin, China
                Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho, BRAZIL
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                Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

                © 2017 Wang et al

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

                : 2 March 2017
                : 18 October 2017
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                Figures: 5, Tables: 2, Pages: 15
                Funded by: the National Natural Science Foundation of China
                Award ID: 51678549
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                This work was kindly supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51678549) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Wuhan University-Duke initiative project 201604398).
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