Removal of heavy metals from drinking water supplies through the ion exchange membrane bioreactor

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Abstract

Arsenic (As) and mercury (Hg) are two highly toxic heavy metals that must be removed to very low levels in drinking water supplies. A novel treatment method for the removal of both compounds is the ion exchange membrane bioreactor (IEMB) process, which incorporates pollutant transport through an ion exchange membrane by Donnan dialysis, with biological removal of the pollutant. As detailed in this study, the IEMB process has a high potential for use in drinking water treatment systems, and offers numerous advantages over currently implemented processes, such as minimising the risk of secondary pollution of the drinking water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-407
Number of pages3
JournalDesalination
Volume199
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2006
EventConference of the European-Membrane-Society (EUROMEMBRANE 2006) - Glardini Naxos, Italy
Duration: 24 Sep 200628 Sep 2006

Keywords

  • Anion exchange membrane (AEM)
  • Arsenate (HAsO)
  • Arsenite (HAsO)
  • Biological removal
  • Cation exchange membrane (CEM)
  • Ionic mercury (Hg)

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