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Open Access Analysis of Organic Nitrogen Removal in Municipal Wastewater by Reverse Osmosis

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The results of a pilot study that was conducted to determine the total nitrogen removal by the reverse osmosis process are presented. The organic nitrogen removal rates are compared with removals observed from three full-scale reverse osmosis facilities and four pilot studies. The results of this analysis suggest that organic nitrogen removal is variable and that reverse osmosis may not consistently produce total nitrogen levels less than 1.0 mg/L without additional treatment. Three hypotheses to explain the variability in organic nitrogen removal in the different data sets are presented.

Keywords: biological nutrient removal; organic nitrogen; reverse osmosis

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 2012

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