Water Environment Research Open Access Article Examines the Use of Extracellular Polymeric Substances as Flocculants in Water, Wastewater Treatment

The open access article for the May 2016 edition of Water Environment Research (WER) examines the use of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) as flocculants in water and wastewater treatment.

“The authors isolated thirteen bacterial strains in mixed cultures that contributed to significant biopolymer production,” said WER editor-in-chief Tim Ellis. “An evaluation of kinetics showed growth-associated EPS production. Flocculation in various flow streams (river water, wastewater, and brewery wastewater) was aided by divalent and trivalent cation addition.”

Selected WER articles such as this one are available free to the public on a monthly basis through an open-access program.

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.