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Water 2018, 10(2), 155; doi:10.3390/w10020155

Treatment of Dairy Wastewater by Oxygen Injection: Occurrence and Removal Efficiency of a Benzotriazole Based Anticorrosive

Department of Applied Chemistry and Physics and IMARENABIO (Institute of Environment, Natural Resources and Biodiversity), Universidad de León, Campus de Vegazana, 24071 León, Spain
Department of Environment and Planning and CESAM (Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies), University of Aveiro, Campus de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
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Received: 12 December 2017 / Revised: 23 January 2018 / Accepted: 30 January 2018 / Published: 6 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Water Management: Saving, Treatment and Reuse)
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Benzotriazole is used as corrosion inhibitor in many industrial sectors, such as the dairy industry. Due to its widespread use in various applications and everyday consumer products, this chemical easily reaches the aquatic environment, where it may have deleterious effects. In fact, benzotriazole has been included among the so-called emerging contaminants. In this work, the occurrence and fate of a benzotriazole based anticorrosive (BTA-A) during wastewater treatment in a dairy industry has been assessed. At this dairy, a new system for wastewater treatment based on the injection of pure oxygen was recently started. This system has been proved to be efficient, economic and able to stably operate under a wide range of chemical oxygen demand and total suspended solids inputs. Then, after detecting the presence of BTA-A in the effluent of the wastewater treatment plant, it was aimed to optimize oxygen injection for the removal of this anticorrosive together with the regulated parameters. The performance of the system was evaluated at a real scale during a month period, during which the mean removal performance of the oxygen injection based treatment was 91%, 90% and 99% for chemical oxygen demand, total suspended solids and BTA-A, respectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: food industry; anticorrosive agent; benzotriazole; emerging contaminant; oxygen injection food industry; anticorrosive agent; benzotriazole; emerging contaminant; oxygen injection

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Martín-Rilo, S.; Coimbra, R.N.; Escapa, C.; Otero, M. Treatment of Dairy Wastewater by Oxygen Injection: Occurrence and Removal Efficiency of a Benzotriazole Based Anticorrosive. Water 2018, 10, 155.

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