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Water Quality Monitoring in Northern India for an Evaluation of the Efficiency of Bank Filtration Sites

Institute for Water Chemistry, TU Dresden, 01062 Dresden, Germany
Division of Water Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Dresden, 01069 Dresden, Germany
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Water 2018, 10(12), 1804;
Received: 30 October 2018 / Revised: 5 December 2018 / Accepted: 6 December 2018 / Published: 8 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Efficiency of Bank Filtration and Post-Treatment)
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The study presents results of five sampling campaigns at riverbank filtration sites at the Yamuna and Ganges Rivers in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi 2015–2018. Samples were analyzed for organic micropollutants and general water quality parameters. In New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, 17 micropollutants were detected frequently at relevant concentrations. Out of the detected micropollutants, 1H-benzotriazole, caffeine, cotinine, diclofenac, diuron, gabapentin and paracetamol were frequently detected with concentrations exceeding 1000 ng/L. Sites in Uttarakhand showed only infrequent occurrence of organic micropollutants. The mean concentration of micropollutants in the well water was lower compared to the river water. For all sites, removal rates for all micropollutants were calculated from the obtained data. Thereby, the capacity of riverbank filtration for the removal of organic micropollutants is highlighted, even for extremely polluted rivers such as the Yamuna. View Full-Text
Keywords: riverbank filtration; organic micropollutants; water quality; environmental monitoring riverbank filtration; organic micropollutants; water quality; environmental monitoring

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Glorian, H.; Börnick, H.; Sandhu, C.; Grischek, T. Water Quality Monitoring in Northern India for an Evaluation of the Efficiency of Bank Filtration Sites. Water 2018, 10, 1804.

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