Chemically enhanced primary treatment, microsieving, direct membrane filtration and GAC filtration of municipal wastewater: a pilot-scale study

Simon Gidstedt, Alexander Betsholtz, Michael Cimbritz, Åsa Davidsson, Marinette Hagman, Stina Karlsson, Maria Takman, Ola Svahn, Federico Micolucci

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Abstract

Chemically enhanced primary treatment (CEPT) followed by microsieving and direct membrane filtration (DMF) as ultrafiltration, was evaluated on pilot scale at a municipal wastewater treatment plant. In addition, a granular activated carbon (GAC) filter downstream of DMF was evaluated for the removal of organic micropollutants. Up to 80% of the total organic carbon (TOC) and 96% of the total phosphorus were removed by CEPT with microsieving. The additional contribution of subsequent DMF was minor, and only five days of downstream GAC filtration was possible due to fouling of the membrane. Of the 21 organic micropollutants analysed, all were removed (≥ 98%) by the GAC filter until 440 bed volumes, while CEPT with microsieving and DMF removed only a few compounds. Measurements of the oxygen uptake rate indicated that the required aeration for supplementary biological treatment downstream of CEPT with microsieving, both with and without subsequent DMF, was 20−25% of that in the influent wastewater. This study demonstrated the potential of using compact physicochemical processes to treat municipal wastewater, including the removal of organic micropollutants.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Technology (United Kingdom)
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Water Treatment
  • Chemical Engineering

Keywords

  • CEPT
  • DMF
  • GAC
  • microsieving

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