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Behavior of Organic Micropollutants During River Bank Filtration in Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Waterworks Ltd, Váci út 23-27, 1134 Budapast, Hungary
Institute for Water Chemistry, Technische Universität Dresden, 01062 Dresden, Germany
Division of Water Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Dresden, Friedrich-List-Platz 1, 01069 Dresden, Germany
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Water 2018, 10(12), 1861;
Received: 26 October 2018 / Revised: 7 December 2018 / Accepted: 12 December 2018 / Published: 14 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Efficiency of Bank Filtration and Post-Treatment)
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This paper summarizes results from a half-year sampling campaign in Budapest, when Danube River water and bank filtrate were analyzed for 36 emerging micropollutants. Twelve micropollutants were detected regularly in both river water and bank filtrate. Bisphenol A, carbamazepine, and sulfamethoxazole showed low removal (<20%) during bank filtration on Szentendre Island and Csepel island, whereas 1H-benzotriazole, tolyltriazole, diclofenac, cefepime, iomeprol, metazachlor, and acesulfame showed medium to high removal rates of up to 78%. The concentration range in bank filtrate was much lower compared to river water, proving the equilibration effect of bank filtration for water quality. View Full-Text
Keywords: river bank filtration; attenuation; organic micropollutants; pharmaceuticals river bank filtration; attenuation; organic micropollutants; pharmaceuticals

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Nagy-Kovács, Z.; László, B.; Fleit, E.; Czichat-Mártonné, K.; Till, G.; Börnick, H.; Adomat, Y.; Grischek, T. Behavior of Organic Micropollutants During River Bank Filtration in Budapest, Hungary. Water 2018, 10, 1861.

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