Water Environment Research Open Access Article Examines Methods of Removing Pharmaceuticals from Wastewater

The open access article for the November 2016 edition of Water Environment Research (WER) explores the effectiveness of methods to maximize removal of pharmaceuticals from wastewater.

“In their article on the fate of pharmaceuticals in wastewater, Lester et al., combined advanced oxidation with biofiltration to achieve more removal of parent pharmaceutical compounds than either treatment alone,” said WER editor-in-chief Tim Ellis. “The authors investigated the fate of the parent compounds and intermediate degradation products following UV treatment (coupled with either hydrogen peroxide or nitrate) and treatment in a biological aerated filter (BAF). While the BAF only improved removal of the parent compound marginally, it fostered significant removal of many of the intermediate products.”

Selected WER articles such as this one are available free to the public on a monthly basis through an open-access program. Click here to download “Integrative Advanced Oxidation Biofiltration for Treating Pharmaceuticals in Wastewater,” by Yaal Lester, Diana S. Aga, Nancy G. Love, Randolph R. Singh, Ian Morrissey, and Karl G. Linden.

Published by the Water Environment Federation since 1928, WER is a popular professional journal that features peer-reviewed research papers and research notes, as well as state-of-the-art and critical reviews on original, fundamental, and applied research in all scientific and technical areas related to water quality, pollution control, and management.

Originally known as the Sewage Works Journal, WER is available in both print and online formats and receives approximately 400 new research submissions each year.