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Freshwater ecosystems profit from activated carbon-based wastewater treatment across various levels of biological organisation in a short timeframe

Triebskorn, R.; Blaha, L.; Gallert, C.; Giebner, S.; Hetzenauer, H.; Köhler, H.-R.; Kuch, B.; Lüddeke, F.; Oehlmann, J.; Peschke, K.; Sacher, F.; Scheurer, M.; Schwarz, S.; Thellmann, P.; Wurm, K.; Wilhelm, S.

Abstract (englisch):

Wastewater treatment plants are known as major sources for the release of micropollutants and bacteria into surface waters. To reduce this contaminant and microbial input, new technologies for effluent treatment have become available. The present paper reports the chemical, microbiological, biochemical, and biological effects of upgrading a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) with a powdered activated carbon stage in the catchment area of the Schussen River, the largest German tributary of Lake Constance. Data were obtained prior to and after the upgrade between 2011 and 2017.

After the upgrading, the release of antibiotic resistant and non-resistant bacteria, micropollutants, and their effect potentials was significantly lower in the effluent. In addition, in the Schussen River downstream of the wastewater treatment plant, reduced concentrations of micropollutants were accompanied by both a significantly improved health of fish and invertebrates, along with a better condition of the macrozoobenthic community.

The present study clearly provides evidence for the causality between a WWTP upgrade by powdered activated carbon and ecosystem improvement and demonstrates the promptness of positive ecological changes in response to such action. ... mehr

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000100212
Veröffentlicht am 26.11.2019
DOI: 10.1186/s12302-019-0267-0
Zitationen: 12
Web of Science
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT DVGW - Technologiezentrum Wasser (TZW)
Universität Karlsruhe (TH) – Einrichtungen in Verbindung mit der Universität (Einrichtungen in Verbindung mit der Universität)
Engler-Bunte-Institut (EBI)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2019
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0934-3504, 1865-5084, 2190-4707, 2190-4715
KITopen-ID: 1000100212
Erschienen in Environmental sciences Europe
Verlag Springer Verlag
Band 31
Heft 1
Seiten Article No.85
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 06.11.2019
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