Trihalomethane formation potential along an hydric system: Nanofiltration in drinking water treatment G. Ribera*. L. Llenas*. X. Martínez-Lladó*. M. Rovira*.**. J. De Pablo*.** * CTM Centre Tecnològic; Av. Bases de Manresa 1. 08242 Manresa. Spain (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com) **Department of Chemical Engineering. Polytechnic University of Catalonia; Av. Diagonal 647. 08028 Barcelona. Spain INTRODUCTION Membrane technology in drinking water treatment has been considered to be variety of DBPs depending on the conditions as water quality or chlorine dose. effective removing turbidity, organics, microorganisms and disinfection by-products Trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs) are the most known and (DBPs) precursors (Van der Bruggen et al. 2003). Concerns regarding the potential relatively easy characterised DBPs. Some studies have related different organic health effects of DBP prompted industrialized countries to develop more stringent fractions to their formation potential of DBP, typically THMFP (Chow et al. 2005). regulations which implies new technologies as nanofiltration (NF) to treat fresh water. The objective of this work was evaluate commercial NF membranes to reduce effectively THM formed during the chlorination of fresh water from an hydric system (De Chlorination has been the main procedure to disinfect municipal drinking waters. la Rubia et al. 2008). At the same time, medium conditions and operational parameters Reactions between chlorine and natural organic matter (NOM) produce a wide were studied to improve NF process knowledge. METHODOLOGY An automated lab-scale experimental setup equipped with a cross-flow module • Organic matter was monitored with a high sensivity 1 (SEPA-CFII Osmonics) was used to evaluate THMFP reduction and productivity of combustion total organic carbon (TOC) instrument 10 commercial NF membranes with pre-chlorinated feed water from a drinking Reservoir 1 (Anallytik-Jena). water treatment plant (WTP) at transmembrane pressures (TMP) ranging from 2 to (100 Hm3) 15 bar (APHA 1998, Chen et al. 2008). • Major ions concentration in the feed and permeate 2 samples were analyzed by ion chromatography Three membranes were selected to evaluate its capacity to decrease THM (Dionex 2100). Formation Potential (THMFP) in waters from River Llobregat source to Manresa 3 drinking WTP (Figure 1). Previously to the NF experiments, water samples were 4 • THM quantification by Gas Chromatography with filtered through glass-fiber filters. Apart from conductivity and pH measurements Static Head Space injector coupled to an Electronic Reservoir 2 on-line, the following analytical methods were carried out to evaluate the NF 5 (0.2 Hm3) Capture Detector (Agilent) to evaluate THMFP performance of the membranes: reduction (Pérez et al. 2008). Fig. 1. Sampling points in the hydric system selected: 1) Pobla de Lillet (Llobregat Source); 2) Gironella; 3) Balsareny; 4) Parc de l’Agulla; 5) Drinking WTP in Manresa RESULTS AND DISCUSSION THMFP reduction and permeability were studied with ten NF membranes using prechlorinated water samples from Manresa’s drinking WTP (sampling point number 5). As can be seen in Figure 2, even with the high THMFP of the raw water, all membranes showed high rejections of THM precursors. Fig.3. TMP front permeate flux Fig.4. Conductivity rejection front permeate Fig. 2. THMFP reduction by ten NF membranes testedHowever, a wide range of permeability and conductivity rejection values wereobserved using different commercial NF membranes (Figures 3 and 4). NF270(DOW), ESNA1LF2 (Hydranautics) and TFC-SR100 (Koch) were the membranesselected due to their different capabilities to reject conductivity.As can be seen in Figure 5 water reservoirs are the main responsible for theincreasing THMFP. The total THM concentration was nearly doubled after water Fig.5. Evaluation of THMFP through an hydric system and their reduction by NFreservoirs 1 and 2, indicating the enormous effect of eutrophication to the THM monitoring changes in water conductivity.precursor material. CONCLUSIONS • This study has demonstrated NF as a suitable technology to reduce DBPs in drinking water treatment, in spite of the great influence of water reservoirs over THM precursors. • Membrane selection can play an important role in terms to water productivity, in this study NF270 results the best one, considering TFC-SR2 is not available on the market. • The smaller conductivity rejection, the lower THMFP reduction. ESNA1LF2 has the lowest salt rejection, allowing salt passage and reducing scaling in spiral wounds. REFERENCES• Van der Bruggen B., Vandecasteele C. (2003) Removal of pollutants from surface water and groundwater by nanofiltration: overview of possible applications in the drinking water industry.Environ pollut 122, (3) 435-445.•Chow A.T:, Gao S., Dahlgren R.A., (2005). 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