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Disinfection Using Low-Pressure High-Intensity UV Lamps for Water Reclamation

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The main objective of disinfecting treated wastewater is to control pathogens by inactivating or destroying a wide range of bacteria and viruses for water reclamation or reuse. This goal has commonly been achieved by using chemicals, primarily chlorine or one of its derivatives. Recently, the use of chlorine has come under much scrutiny. Research studies have indicated that use of chlorine can lead to formation of harmful disinfection by-products (DBPs) which may have adverse consequences to public health. Moreover, due to the toxicity of chlorine, high costs are associated with its transportation, storage, and handling in a safe manner. Consequently, the interest in ultraviolet (UV) irradiation as an attractive alternative to chlorine for wastewater disinfection is increasing.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2000

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