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Effect of pre- and post-UV disinfection conditions on photoreactivation of fecal coliforms in wastewater effluents

Effect of pre- and post-UV disinfection conditions on photoreactivation of fecal coliforms in wastewater effluents

Water Research 44(9): 2885-2893

Photoreactivation of microorganisms following UV disinfection can represent a disadvantage to using UV technology for wastewater treatment since recovery may, in some cases, reach several logs. Thus, decreasing photoreactivation can lead to considerable savings in capital and operating costs. Objectives of this study were to determine pre- and post-UV irradiation conditions which could decrease fecal coliform (FC) photoreactivation in wastewater effluents. Results indicated that delaying exposure to photoreactivating light for 3 h suppressed photoreactivation after relatively low UV doses of 10 and 20 mJ/cm(2). Moreover, at least 440 lux (0.065 mW/cm(2)) of visible light was needed to initiate photoreactivation. Additionally, photoreactivation decreased significantly when samples were exposed to visible light simultaneously or prior to UV irradiation. This was more significantly observed for winter samples, where photoreactivation decreased by nearly 50%. Finally, summer FC populations were more sensitive to inactivation and less able to photoreactivate than winter populations. The effect of visible light on photoreactivation levels may be explained by several photo-mechanisms of FC photolyase, such as photodecomposition of the MTHF co-factor and reduction of FAD.

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PMID: 20219230

DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2010.02.003

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