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Geosmin and 2-MIB Removal by Full-Scale Drinking Water Treatment Processes in the Republic of Korea

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Department of Environmental & Energy Engineering, Suwon University, 17 Wauan-gil, Bongdam-eup, Hwaseong-si 18323, Korea
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Pioneer Team Research Institute, GS Engineering &Construction, 33, Jong-ro, Jongro-gu, Seoul 03159, Korea
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Academic Editor: Alejandro Gonzalez-Martinez
Water 2021, 13(5), 628; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13050628
Received: 9 January 2021 / Revised: 11 February 2021 / Accepted: 22 February 2021 / Published: 27 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Wastewater Treatment and Reuse)
Due to climate change, population growth, industrialization, urbanization, and water contamination, it is becoming more difficult to secure and supply clean and safe drinking water. One of the challenges many water utilities often face is the taste and odor (T&O) problem in drinking water treatment plants, mostly associated with geosmin and 2-MIB. These representative T&O compounds are mainly produced by the metabolism of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), especially in summer. In this study, the correlation between algae blooms and T&O compounds was identified in the intake and raw water of a large-scale water treatment plant in the Republic of Korea. The removal efficiency of geosmin and 2-MIB by each treatment process was intensively evaluated. According to the obtained results, ozonation and granular activated carbon (GAC) adsorption were more effective for removing the troublesome compounds compared to other water treatment processes, such as coagulation/flocculation, filtration, and chlorination. Because of their seasonal concentration variation and different removal rates, optimal operation methods need to be developed and implemented for drinking water treatment plants to solve the T&O problems. View Full-Text
Keywords: geosmin; 2-MIB; taste and odor; advanced water treatment process; drinking water geosmin; 2-MIB; taste and odor; advanced water treatment process; drinking water
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Kim, K.T.; Park, Y.-G. Geosmin and 2-MIB Removal by Full-Scale Drinking Water Treatment Processes in the Republic of Korea. Water 2021, 13, 628. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13050628

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Kim KT, Park Y-G. Geosmin and 2-MIB Removal by Full-Scale Drinking Water Treatment Processes in the Republic of Korea. Water. 2021; 13(5):628. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13050628

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Kim, Keug Tae, and Yong-Gyun Park. 2021. "Geosmin and 2-MIB Removal by Full-Scale Drinking Water Treatment Processes in the Republic of Korea" Water 13, no. 5: 628. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13050628

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