SEMINAR ON REMOVAL OF EMERGING MICRO-POLLUTANTS FROM THE URBAN WATER CYCLE
Date: 27 June 2012
Emerging micro-pollutants in urban water cycle become a rapidly emerging global problem that seriously threatens environmental and human health via waste discharge and drinking water source pollution. Both in the Netherlands and in China, varies of micro-pollutants are reported. In the urban water cycle, drinking water is the first important issue that should be protected from micro-pollutants. A lot of conclusions about micro-pollutant removals can be searched in the databases. However, raw drinking water is a complex mixture of highly-diluted contaminants against a ‘background’ of organic matter (concentrations a thousand to a million times higher than those of the contaminants) and varying water conditions (such as pH, temperature and salt content). There are major gaps in knowledge, covering a broad range of scientific disciplines. It is clear that traditional, industrial research will not bring the answers to these challenges. The foresighting aim is to define research challenges for the update of Chinese and Dutch water treatment plants by employing successful laboratory results into full-scale applications.
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