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Special Issue "Drinking Water Treatment and Removal of Natural Organic Matter"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water and Wastewater Treatment".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Talis Juhna

Water Research Laboratory, Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia
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Interests: drinking water treatment; natural organic matter; iron and manganese; groundwater; bacterial growth; water distribution networks; pathogens
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Maris Klavins

Department of Environmental Studies, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
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Interests: humic substances; environment pollution; aquatic environment; chemical analysis; surface water bodies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The removal of natural organic matter (NOM) has been a challenge for several decades, especially in countries of the Boreal climate. Because of their large molecule size and ability to form complexes with pollutants, for example metals, and change their properties, NOM often governs the selection of water treatment methods. Although several methods, including enhanced coagulation, anion-exchange, nanofiltration, and biosorption are being used today, there is still no state-of-the-art technology that has been widely accepted by the water industry as efficient and cost-efficient. This is partly due to the diverse properties of NOM, which depend on its genesis and transformation, and partly due to its recalcitrant nature, which makes it biologically difficult to degrade. There has been significant advancement in the way natural NOM is being analysed and in the properties of its main components (humic substances), thus opening new opportunities for novel water treatment methods and understanding of disinfection by-products.

This Special Issue is aimed at addressing advancement in the removal of NOM from drinking water using both conventional and advanced methods of biological treatment (e.g. with fungi), advanced oxidation, photocatalytical transformation, and membrane filtration. Nature-based solutions for the pre-treatment of humic-rich water including artificial groundwater recharge will also be included. The effect of NOM on the biofouling of membranes as well as on water quality in distribution networks and by-product formation will be addressed. Moreover, topics addressing NOM formation in nature, its relation to climate change and the water–energy nexus are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Talis Juhna
Prof. Dr. Maris Klavins
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • NOM characterisation
  • humic substances
  • biodegradability
  • byproducts
  • biofouling
  • enhanced coagulation
  • nanofiltration
  • advanced oxidation
  • biostability

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