A recent rise of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in surface water poses environmental and health concerns due to eutrophication—the excessive richness of nutrients in bodies of water causing dense growth of plant life—which could ultimately deplete oxygen from the water and lead to the death of fish and other marine life. A team at Missouri’s Lincoln University, supported by NIFA funds, developed cost-effective water treatment technologies for small water systems. Preliminary results show that their methods are fast and effective for DOC removal and reduction of DBP forming potential. Pilot-scale studies will be conducted soon to validate lab results.
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